“What difference does it make?”–Hillary Clinton in testimony before Congress
Was there ever a more mendacious, lame response to serious (and true) allegations of consequential misdeeds in high office?
It’s too bad that Richard Nixon didn’t know about the “what difference does it make” defense. In fact it should have worked a lot better in explaining a two-bit break-in into a campaign office than when we’re talking about four Americans dying from a giant avoidable screwup in providing them protection.
It does make a difference that people in highest office knowingly lied to the American people and kept lying after it was obvious to most of us that the obscure movie trailer had nothing to do with Muslim atrocities breaking out all over. It mattered that the lying was to try to justify the administration’s lack of resolve in imposing Islamic atrocities and to perpetuate the myth that killing bin Laden was the end of our troubles with “people walking down the street” as Hillary memorably described Islamist terrorists who kill Americans among others.
It mattered that the lying came during an election and successfully postponed any accountability for the failures to protect Americans abroad before it was too late.
Of course, Nixon had a conscientious, watchdog press that would have blown away “what difference does it make” on-sight. But not Hillary. The mainstream media generally concluded that she had been decisive, even masterful and that she ended her service at State on a high note. She’s getting by with it and that’s the real shame.
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Bio: Patterson is the volunteer chairman of the Goldwater Institute and past chairman of the Arizona Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
He has served on several community boards, including Goodwill of Central Arizona, Diamondbacks Foundation and Hospice of the Valley.
He is the state chairman for Americans for Tax Reform. Previously, he served as the President of the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council (public sector chair). He was the minority leader (91-92) and majority leader (93-96) of the Arizona Senate.
He is a registered Republican but not politically active. In addition, he was the organizer and lead tenor of the original Arizona Singing Senators.