Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 01/27/2013 2:00 AM | Comments: 0
Wednesday didn’t start out badly for Sen. Ronald H. Johnson.
Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin who was elected in 2010, drew national headlines — and praise from conservatives — for pushing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the origins of the Sept. 11 attack on an American outpost in Benghazi, Libya. At a hearing in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Clinton choked up when discussing Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and the three other Americans who died that day.
Then, in an interview after the hearing, Johnson suggested that Clinton’s emotional moments were just a tactic to avoid tough questioning.
"I think she just decided... she was going to describe emotionally the four dead Americans, the heroes, and use that as her trump card to get out of the questions," Johnson told BuzzFeed. "It was a good way of getting out of really having to respond to me."
Oh no, he didn’t! It’s one thing to disagree about whether the genesis of the Benghazi attack is critical to understanding how to prevent future assaults. It’s another entirely to insinuate that Clinton cried on command, faking tears to avoid facing the music.
Johnson, sensing he had gotten too far out over his skis, eased back on Thursday. "Maybe I shouldn’t have speculated" about the reasons for Clinton’s emotions, he told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien. "I probably speculated, and I shouldn’t have."
To quote myself at 10 years old: No duh.
Ron Johnson, for forgetting that questioning someone’s motives is always a losing strategy, you had the worst week in Washington. Congrats, or something.
Cillizza is a political reporter for The Washington Post and anchors the Fix blog.
— Washington Post
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
The bitter truth
Law and order is coming to WSD
Don't discount outlet channel
Drug policy seriously outdated
Scotland stays and questions linger
Sixties Scoop demands an inquiry
CMHR open and now the real work begins
Men need to take the lead on discussions about violence
Ebola: Chasing a rolling snowball
The NFL and the politics of outrage
The other beheaders
In German politics, there’s now an alternative
Obama’s strategy will likely fail
War on Poverty hardly over
Go vegan and save the planet
No discipline taken against border guards troubling
CEO can't advocate voting
Leaders can do more than sleep out
Civic candidates reach too far
Mind the "crime gap"
With ISIS, we’ve seen this movie before
Workers’ pay drops, while CEO’s pay increases
Let's expect leaders to be bold again
Singular and passionate
#activism shouldn't be underestimated
The tale of two mayors
Other Opinion: Personal freedoms suffer in pursuit of safety
No voice in Scottish independence unjust
Saving Canada's 'marriage'
Other Opinion: Fear of globalization behind Sweden’s swing to the right
Europe's scary, new anti-Semites
Food faddism leads to food waste
Winnipeg's Carnegie libraries: a century of opening minds
Get tough on Chinese abuses
U.S. caught in cold-war mentality on Cuba
Is it the NFL's hour of reckoning?