As you’ve probably seen, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is on Capitol Hill today, testifying before Congress on the terrorist attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. The attack left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Many believe that Clinton’s career in politics won’t end as she exits her post at the State Department and that she may make one more push for the White House in 2016. So what impact will the ongoing Benghazi scandal have on her personal and career ambitions?
The National Journal’s Matthew Cooper believes it won’t. Why? Because Clinton — more than any other political figure in Washington today — has experience facing down scandals and always seems to come out of them unscathed:
When she was first lady, Clinton resisted the appointment of a special prosecutor in the Whitewater case because she thought the investigation would never end. Given that it led to the appointment of Starr — whose study of the Arkansas land deal devolved into an legal investigation of what and what doesn’t constitute “sexual relations” — she turned out to be prescient.
In the case of Benghazi, Clinton was in no danger of being hitched to a shooting Starr. She did the smart thing and appointed an Accountability Review Board headed by the likes of Mike Mullen, the retired admiral and former Joint Chiefs chairman, and the legendary diplomat Thomas Pickering. There’s no better “scandal” management then leading the charge to get to the bottom of things.