Monday, October 15, 2012

Cruising the Web

Apparently, Hillary Clinton doesn't like having the White House blame the State Department for the phony story that the attack on the Benghazi consulate was due to the video. So she's throwing Susan Rice's abysmal performance on the Sunday shows back in the court of the White House, rather than the State Department.
The State Department's insistence it never bought the story - expressed by the White House and Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations - that a crude anti-Islam film made in California triggered the attack gives ammunition against Obama both to the Romney campaign and congressional Republicans.
State Department sources have said that Clinton has never forgotten that Rice, who served in her husband Bill's administration, was an early supporter of Obama. Rice has ambitions to take over from Clinton if Obama is re-elected but the Benghazi debacle could scupper her chances.
In a briefing on Tuesday, State Department officials said 'others' in the executive branch concluded initially that the attack was part of a protest against the film, which ridiculed the Prophet Muhammad. That was never the State Department's conclusion, reporters were told.
Of course, Hillary was talking about the video in the days after the attack so it's going to be hard to totally separate herself from the story. And the State department still has a lot of questions to answer about the Department's denials of requests for additional security in the face of increased attacks on foreigners in the area. But I'm sure she's more interested in preserving her reputation than in propping up Obama's.

Both campaigns are telling the Debate Commission to rein in Candy Crowley's intention to ask follow-up questions during the townhall debate tomorrow.

Jonathan Turley writes of the disturbing trend that seems to be sweeping across the western world, including the U.S., of seeking to ban speech that offends someone somewhere.

Joe Biden's prescription for foreign policy: "Don't worry; be happy."

Debunking the claim that about a fifth of Ohio voters have already voted and that they've voted overwhelmingly for Obama.

A well-earned rant on supposed racism.

Cheers to Scott Brown for talking about the real reason why college costs are going up.

Here in one graph is the comparison of what has happened in the past four years of the total number of people employed compared to those on disability, Medicaid, and getting Food Stamps.

Even Martha Raddatz was somewhat surprised that Joe Biden treated the debate as a campaign event rather than a debate.