Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today. She was responding to a line of questioning from Senator Ron Johnson (R – WI), Clinton is making news with some of her responses.
The video of the exchange can be found here. The media reaction has been resounding. As outgoing Secretary of State, Clinton is thought to be a serious contender for the 2016 Democratic nomination for President of the United States. The Benghazi hearings will mark a controversial end point to her otherwise illustrious and well-received tenure as Secretary of State.
The media has never really been fair to Clinton. The media has consistently approached Clinton with a fair amount of skepticism. And she faced some pretty brazen remarks during the hearings today. Senator Rand Paul (R – KY) told Clinton, if he was in Obama’s advance america payday loan position, he would have relieved her of her post. However, public opinion on Clinton is high–with her approval ratings hitting 69 percent upon the end of her tenure as Secretary of State.
Regardless of the Benghazi hearings and the media’s subsequent reaction, it will be interesting to see how she chooses to play out the next couple months. I fully expect Clinton to disappear from the public eye once she vacates her position with State. This is most likely a good mix of strategic public relations and a result of being burnt out from being prominent on the national stage in the last six years. Six years ago last Sunday marks Clinton’s first announcement that she’d be running for President. And, if the past is any indication, Clinton may be announcing a second presidential run only two years from now.