The Teabag...er...Tea Party,is NO match for Secretary Clinton.Rand Paul and John McCain, she owned you today.
— Abraham Lincoln (@Mr_Lincoln) January 23, 2013
#GOP: Muslim, muslim, muslim, muslim, extremists. #Benghazi
— Kris10(@LadyBugz528) January 23, 2013
#Hillary in Congress today was like Gulliver among the Lilliputians - Chris Matthews @hardball #MSNBC #Benghazi
— Jeanne Kimsey (@SnarkAmendment) January 24, 2013
GOP Don't Give a Shit About the 4 People That Died in Banghazi, They just Know a Good Witch Hunt Opportunity When They See it. #p2 #tcot
— TheNewDeal (@TheNewDeal) January 23, 2013
Let's Watch Hillary Clinton Yell At Some Idiot Senator! bit.ly/UUTQyf
— Wonkette (@Wonkette) January 23, 2013
And btw, Hillary is rocking those glasses.
— Ani Sangye (@SangyeH) January 23, 2013
"With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans," Clinton responded, raising her voice at Johnson, who continued to interrupt her. "Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk last night who decided to kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator."
Clinton continued, defending the State Department's efforts in the wake of the assault. "Honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this, but the fact is people were trying their best in real time to get to the best information," she said.
Why did RonJohnson bumble so badly? Sounded like WI senator decided to ? Clinton w/out reading #Benghazi report. @thenation @wegoted @edshow
— John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) January 23, 2013
This morning, R-Sen Ron Johnson got pwned by Hillary.He's now on television, whining, "Not fair, her uterus attacked me using emotion!"
— RiskyLiberal (@RiskyLiberal) January 23, 2013
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told Clinton that if he were in Obama’s shoes, he would have fired her for what he described as her “culpability for the worst tragedy since 9/11.”
“Had I been president at the time, and I found that you did not read the cables from Benghazi, you did not read the cables from Ambassador Stevens, I would have relieved you of your post,” said Paul during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Wednesday. “I think it’s inexcusable,” he continued.
. . . “Their lives could have been saved had someone been more available, had someone been aware of these things, more on top of the job,” said Paul.
Almost immediately after the hearing, Paul began to face heavy criticism himself for what some viewed as too brash an approach.
“I can’t remember another time during a hearing when a senator referred to himself, ‘If I were president,’” said NBC Capitol Hill correspondent Kelly O’Donnell on Andrea Mitchell Reports Wednesday. “You do hear it on the campaign trail. That is really going beyond what we would normally hear.”
Rand Paul Backtracks on CNN, via Raw Story
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer pointed out that the intelligence failures and casualties involving the invasion of Iraq seemed like a greater blunder.
“Yeah, I agree with you,” Paul said. “There is no comparison to a beginning of a war in Iraq as well as the war in Afghanistan. The tragedy of those wars is of a different scale, and I guess we are talking more about a diplomatic mission than we are talking about a beginning of the war.”
But he insisted Clinton was still culpable for ignoring intelligence reports.
Hillary Clinton has a 61% approval rating & is a favorite for the next president, but Rand Paul would've fired her?!?! #thebubble #Benghazi
— Chelle Cleveland (@chellegaylor24) January 23, 2013
#RandPaul looked silly saying that he would have fired #Hillary he been president. It was more about his fantasy than her actions at State.
— Howard Fineman (@howardfineman) January 23, 2013
Rand Paul is a such a pompous moron, disrespecting a brilliant woman like Hillary. Just your basic #TeaParty redneck I guess!
— Twilight Zone (@DaTwilightZone) January 23, 2013
Rand Paul has his nerve. Talk about someone who should be relieved of his post!But please proceed Senator.
— Anna (@TallyAnnaE) January 23, 2013
Hillary faces down the angry men: From Ron Johnson to Rand Paul, GOP senators swung at her and hit themselvessalon.com/2013/01/23/hil…
— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) January 23, 2013
McCain and Rand Paul are giving Hillary Clinton a hard time on Benghazi. I only hope she doesn't hold it against them when she's president.
— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) January 23, 2013
The GOP #Benghazi grasping is becoming so intense, I'm waiting for my biggest Hearing Drinking Game word: "WHITEWATER" #BringItOn
— TeachaCari (@teachacari) January 23, 2013
From ABC News
. . . Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., asked why the secretary of state herself did not appear in Rice's place to give those televised explanations to the country.
"Well, I have to confess here in public [that] going on the Sunday shows is not my favorite thing to do. There are other things that I prefer to do on Sunday mornings," Clinton replied. "And I did feel strongly that we had a lot that we had to manage, that I had to respond to. And I thought that should be my priority."
Rep Joe Wilson chastises Hillary for not going on the Sunday shows. #WTF? Stooooooopiiid #Benghazi
— Ima Khivar (@AntarianRani) January 23, 2013
Joe Wilson has the IQ of a SLUG.#takeoutthenationaltrash
— Keith M. (@ksecus) January 23, 2013