Did Sen. Rand Paul cross the line at Clinton hearing?
Reaction from conservative columnist Michelle Malkin
- Duration 5:47
- Date Jan 24, 2013
Reaction from conservative columnist Michelle Malkin
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New fallout today from a controversial moment during the senate committee hearing on Ben -- yesterday.
Senator Rand Paul raising eyebrows in some tempers.
When he criticized secretary of state Hillary Clinton for what he called a failure to lead going so far to say he -- -- her.
I'm glad that you're accepting responsibility.
I think that ultimately with your leaving you accept the culpability for the worst tragedy since 9/11.
And I really mean that had I've been present at the time.
And I found that you did not read the cables from Benghazi you did not read the cables from ambassador -- I would have relieved you of your post.
Some Democrats reacting furiously.
To that moment senator Barbara Boxer of California said she had to leave the room she was so angry.
Michelle Malkin is a columnist and Fox News contributor.
And she thought that senator Rand Paul was way out of line in on on a lesser note in terms of lawmakers anyway but he's a he's a well known journalist.
Carl Bernstein was on another network today of Woodward and Bernstein -- Calling Rand Paul those who were who were giving the tough questions.
Political pygmies calling this -- that they are partisan tormentors.
And calling this -- witch hunt your thoughts yet.
Well to Rand Paul may have raised eyebrow wholesome.
And -- -- a lot of -- among the left of the Democrats on this but I think among Tea Party conservatives you raise a lot of hopes and a lot of gratitude for.
Doing what he should've done out there and I think there was feeling that among a lot of Republicans unfortunately.
There -- they had joined in on what turned out to be.
A B at a vacation of saint Hillary or a christening -- 2016 campaign rather than.
An opportunity to ask real questions and get real answers what was his -- what -- what did he do that was.
So blasphemous in DC well he didn't except to the beltway version of accountability which is now apparently if you declare that you're taking it you're.
And he simply explained that had he been in a position.
To exact some real sense of accountability she would have lost her job which unfortunately.
She did Kenton and neither did many of the underlings -- sort of did the stance of the lemons behind the scenes.
You know two part of the part of that problem for senator Paul I think in the way people reacted to this is.
There were so few substantive.
Questions -- substantive.
Exchanges with the secretary yesterday that you that the question almost -- value from over here.
I -- that he that would that that point he was trying to make -- went -- to talk about it leader was to say look.
And this is a quote by anybody's estimation Libya has to have been one of the hottest of hot spots around the world not to -- of the request for more security.
Really I think cost these people of their of their lives and she had been saying she never saw the request.
Their lives have been saved had someone been more been available had someone been more aware of these things had someone been more on top of the job.
And and look with a left is trying to do now of course they're trying to personalize it a Lynn -- -- eyes it.
And make it all about Rand Paul you have these liberal journalists looking down their nose playing the chicken -- -- Q -- heat to be telling.
The vaunted Hillary Clinton and and all of her foreign policy experience what -- What to do what kind of foreign policy experience did Rand Paul had well we have had about as much experience as Barack Obama did in 2008.
This is not about Rand Paul and in fact.
The kind of questions and concerns and you were raising where the exact ones that all of the whistle blowers who brought this controversy out into the open in the first place raised many months ago and of course many months before those four Americans died and the thing is Michelle.
That they tried to get into with her the fact that some of the Republicans did no one.
No one has been fired and she told them that four people lost their job that now that is not true.
Four people did not lose their job one person lost a title.
But is still employed by the State Department at three others -- -- for time on administrative leave leave which is paid vacation.
But did not lose their jobs in any way and so Rand Paul was trying to get to whether.
The top don't get the State Department you know the person in charge should have lost.
-- I mean why is why is the mere question so offensive to the you know Bernstein he's a -- he's a partisan torment her.
Yes that's exactly -- point that's exactly what Rand Paul was trying to say and and what I mean by the dance the lemons in the way that Washington does business.
And the reason why it is so offensive to spell it out in such blunt terms.
The reason why Rand Paul is so popular among the Tea Party movement -- -- he does not.
He hasn't been assimilated by the board in DC with that kind of language and dancing around what real accountability is and this kind of buck stops here bravado was the phrase that my colleagues have hot -- dot com used buck stops here bravado where they proclaim.
That they're all about leadership and all about taking responsibility.
When all they have to do is sort of -- clearing it and then not have to suffer any consequences which of course the only people -- separate consequences from all of their negligence are the people who are dead.
You know it's interesting to me is Hillary Clinton is no shrinking violet -- daycare herself she's had more than -- -- start -- She handled it just fine I don't think she needs Carl Bernstein to run in a protector.
Or Barbara Boxer or anybody else in out of me I don't -- to think how it looks that to be so indignant that this.
That this that this it's wrong to figure in American politics took a moment or two of tough questioning anyway Michelle's interesting thanks for being here.