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It makes a big difference, Madame Secretary


I was astounded to hear Secretary of State Hillary Clinton respond to a senator's question today by saying, "What difference at this point does it make?" Clinton's point was that Obama's State Department was working to ensure American personnel would be safe in the future -- whether or not there's an active protest going on or not.

Ok, I can sort of understand that. But come on.

"What difference does it make?"

Clinton of all people should know there's a big difference between the truth and a lie (or lies). She of all people should know that the American people deserve to know the truth about what happened and how our personnel wound up dead on September 11.

After my outrage at her comment, I actually chuckled a bit. I wondered how other political scandals would've unfolded in the past if the person at the center of it tried this defense...

Richard Nixon won re-election in 1972 anyway, so what difference did it make that his staff broke into the Watergate?

Liberals like to criticize Ronald Reagan over the Iran-Contra Affair. Perhaps conservatives should now respond to their condemnation with, "What difference does it make?"

I can't say that I blame Clinton for trying. After all, this is typical thinking on the part of Democrats. Chappaquiddick couldn't put a dent in Ted Kennedy's reputation, and to this day, most Democrats still defend his legacy on the grounds of, "What difference does it make?"

The "difference" in the case of Benghazi is the truth. Let's get one thing straight: Secretary Clinton works for the American people, not the other way around. And so when her boss comes around to ask her some questions about her job performance -- no matter how pointless she thinks they may be -- she's expected to answer them.  If she doesn't like it, she should get a new job.

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