“And, by the way, I’ve gotten some pushback in email and on the web saying that it was “shameful” and “appalling” for me to tie Clinton’s health problems to a possible intent to avoid testifying about Benghazi. Let me tell you that a core motivation to my blogging — and I’ve been going at this for 9 years now — is to stand tough against people who try to cut off debate with this kind of shaming. So I’m glad that this performance of outrage was directed at me. I know it when I see it, and it fires me up. You want silence? You want backing down? You want me not to dare say a thing like that? That’s how you want to control political debate in the United States? Thanks for reminding me once again how deeply I hate that and for giving me an (easy) opportunity to model courage for the more timid people out there who are cowed by the fear of shaming.”
—- Law professor and blogger Ann Althouse
I know I’ve been citing Prof. Althouse a lot lately, but she’s been on quite a roll. Her quote is self-explanatory. Brava!
UPDATE: Right after I posted this, I read Kathleen Parker’s Washington Post column headlined “The Character Assassination of Hillary Clinton.” In it, Parker essentially makes exactly the objection that Althouse says she hates.
I didn’t and don’t suspect Hillary of faking health problems to avoid testifying, and I almost wrote about those accusations. However, Althouse is still right, and Parker’s indignation is laughable. Over the past four years, President Obama’s campaign pledge of transparency is thoroughly discredited. His Justice Department has been engaged in a year’s worth of double-talk, stone-walling and obfuscation regarding the Fast and Furious fiasco. After Clinton’s State Department was slammed in an official report regarding its handling of the Benghazi attack and aftermath, it announced four resignations that may not have been resignations after all. The administration’s public relations machinations regarding Benghazi raised legitimate and unanswered questions about intentional deception. For her part, Hillary Clinton, as a full-fledged participant in her husband’s cover-up regarding Monica Lewinsky and a slippery character herself who has never been noted for scrupulous honesty, is never above suspicion when it comes to questionable ethics. There is a surplus of reasons, therefore, for the public, the newsmedia and commentators to be distrustful. If Althouse and others suspect scheming, it is because the Obama Administration has shown itself to be capable of scheming.