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Hillary Schools Congress and Teaches Girls

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So many times during Hillary Clinton's testimony this week before Congress, I wanted to place one hand on the shoulder of every teenage girl in America, point at the TV screen with the other hand and whisper:

This. This is how it's done.

Secretary of State Clinton showed up to answer tough and sometimes ridiculous questions regarding the deadly September 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. In the process, she offered a tutorial for today's young women.

Key points:

1) When a man asks you a question and then refuses to look at you as you answer, just keep going. Don't let his rudeness silence you.

2) When he interrupts you, return the favor.

3) When he says things you know are not true, correct him. Repeatedly.

4) When he attempts to bully you, mow him down with facts.

5) And whenever possible, smile. Nothing rattles an angry man like a woman who looks happy to annoy him.

Pundits have launched another round of debate over everything Hillary.

After her Senate hearing in the morning, Politico posted a gallery of her facial expressions. The Huffington Post ran a photo caption contest.

When Clinton's voice broke as she described meeting with families of the four diplomats who died, the coverage echoed the second-guessing of an emotional moment during the 2008 New Hampshire primary.

Did she choke up (ABC News) or tear up (Bloomberg News)? Or was she merely "close to tears" (The Daily Beast)? Or was she "tear-syncing" (Michelle Malkin)?

Here's what she said in that emotional moment: "For me, this is not just a matter of policy; it's personal. I stood next to President Obama as the Marines carried those flag-draped caskets off the plane at Andrews. I put my arms around the mothers and fathers, the sisters and brothers, the sons and daughters, and the wives left alone to raise their children."

Clinton pushed back on Republican Sen. Ron Johnson's rant full of accusations and interruptions over the State Department's initial report that the Benghazi attack was a reaction to an anti-Islam YouTube video.

Various accounts described her response as "wrangling," "testy," "erupting" and "blowing up."

An excerpt of their exchange:

Johnson: "But, Madam Secretary, do you disagree with me that a simple phone call to those evacuees to determine what happened wouldn't have ascertained immediately that there was no protest? I mean, that was a piece of information that could've been easily, easily obtained—"

Clinton: "Well, but, Senator, again—"

Johnson: "—within hours, if not days."

Clinton: "Senator, you know, when you're in these positions, the last thing you want to do is interfere with any other process going on, No. 1—"

Johnson: "I realize that's a good excuse."

Clinton: "Well, no, it's the fact. No. 2: I would recommend highly you read both what the (Accountability Review Board) said about it and the classified ARB, because even today, there are questions being raised. Now, we have no doubt they were terrorists; they were militants; they attacked us; they killed our people. But what was going on and why they were doing what they were doing is still unknown—"

Johnson: "No, again, we were misled..."

Clinton: "With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they'd go 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."

Dear God, if that's an eruption, make me a volcano.

One last thing: A Washington Post/ABC News poll last week showed that Clinton has the highest approval ratings of her long public life. Interestingly, 67 percent of Americans like her, whereas only 19 percent said they approve of the job Congress is doing.

That, young ladies, is Hillary for the win.

Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and an essayist for Parade magazine. She is the author of two books, including "...and His Lovely Wife," which chronicled the successful race of her husband, Sherrod Brown, for the U.S. Senate. To find out more about Connie Schultz (con.schultz@yahoo.com) and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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Way to go, Hillary!
Comment: #1
Posted by: Abby McKean
Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:44 PM
It is amazing that some of our congressmen are all over Mrs. Rice and Mrs. Clinton because four of our State Department employees were murdered. It is no more reasonable than holding George W. Bush responsible for the 3,000+ murders that took place on September 11, 2001. It is also unreasonable to blame the Secretary of State for the fact that our security people could not stop an attack by a well-armed, numerically superior force. If Congress wants more security, let them vote the funds to pay for more Marines and more defendable buildings.

I have toured the U. S. Embassy in Mexico City, and was impressed by the job our Marines do in providing security. There are some jobs that government employees do better than anyone in the private sector.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Paul M. Petkovsek
Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:17 AM
She showed just how pathetic the Republicants are
Comment: #3
Posted by: Bob in Fl
Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:28 AM
To the commenter who mentioned the Marines, the Marines are not deployed as security for a consulate unless there is classified information stored there.

Hillary was fantastic! A real role model.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Julie in AZ
Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:20 AM
I have heard it said that empty barrels rattle the loudest. The committee questioning Hillary Clinton was the biggest bunch of empty barrels I have ever heard. They are a bunch of spoiled brats who are such sore losers that they are throwing themselves on the floor with their unwarranted tantrums. To the woodshed with all of them!
Comment: #5
Posted by: Barbara DeMoss
Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:02 PM
Oh I get it! Because Hilary is a WOMAN she shouldn't have to answer tough question from men who DARE to question her about why she NEVER read Amb. Stevens multiple emails BEGGING for protection after English AND UN troops evacuated that dangerous city. Good thing she "stood her ground" as she took "responsibility" for the deaths of Amb. Stevens and the others WITHOUT TAKING ANY OF THE BLAME.
"WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?"
if WE want to be treated as EQUALS then WE better be able to take RESPONSIBILITY like real men do in this male dominated hierarchy and not throw a fit when those men that REPRESENT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE including WOMEN and the FAMILIES of 4 dead Americans WANT ANSWERS 4 MONTHS after the attack with NO ONE arrested except the American who made a YouTube video.
Comment: #6
Posted by: Mary OMalley
Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:27 PM
Hilary Clinton has been covering for lying men her entire political career. If there is someone I would NOT want my daughter to emulate, it would be Hillary.
Comment: #7
Posted by: Mary OMalley
Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:29 PM
Re: Mary OMalley

Who says your daughter has to emulate anyone, let alone Hilary Clinton? And I'd like to see your sources for Ambassador Stevens sending emails that no one replied to.

What amuses me the most is, people die everyday. Yet people have been making such a huge deal about these guys, who were in a dangerous country and situation to begin with, being dead. "Oh, four dead Americans!"

Americans are murdered everyday on home soil. Children included. Where's the outrage over that?
Comment: #8
Posted by: Riley
Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:58 AM
Hillary Clinton did a masterful job of answering questions for 5 hours from many individuals that did not have a clue as to what went on in Lybia because they did not take the time to find out. Sen. Johnson was especially uninformed since he could not be bothered to attend a briefing as Sen. Kerry pointed out the next day.
Comment: #9
Posted by: JRGrissomCA
Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:36 PM
this quote here is why you know she was getting them worried:
Pundits have launched another round of debate over everything Hillary.
That just means she is getting it right ! Good article.
Comment: #10
Posted by: TMS
Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:20 AM
Dear Connie, I so enjoy reading your articles and this latest one on Hillary Clinton staring down the "Bullies" was right on point! I felt the same way, so proud of her and the way she handled the testosterone tirade! I particularly loved it when Ron Paul threatened to fire her and she didn't even acknowledge him! Perfect response. Her silence said it all... I love the woman and I love your columns. Keep them coming! Sincerely, Bonnie Erich
Comment: #11
Posted by: bonnie erich
Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:02 PM
Damn! That woman can more than handle her own! She's every bit "the Big Dogs'" match. I was just elated watching her pin back Johnsons' ears. That's an exchange I'll bet he wants to forget! Well done, Madame Secretary!
Comment: #12
Posted by: J. David Scott
Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:13 AM
Do you think everyone out here is stupid? Your precious Hilary lied while giving testimony (she claims she never indicated the Benghazi incident stemmed from a video----she said it DID stem from that video on at least 3 different occasions). The next big think in your mind was her histrionics about what difference does it make. She answered her own question in her very next statement. If you need a real analysis of of the show, read Thomas Sowell's column---A CASE OF SHOUTING LOUDER. I guess you believe in style over substance----like most liberals.
Comment: #13
Posted by: Rodman Johnson
Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:15 PM
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