We all know those who are fair-weather friends, but even some of Hillary’s supporters could be forgiven for doubting her. Yet after a stellar week, she has put to rest rumors of her demise, spread incessantly by Fox News. And even in the face of relentless coverage of her personal email server, she has fought back against the partisanship freely admitted among Republicans.
Unlike some on the left, I can understand why the Republicans are upset about Benghazi. If word had spread that the attack was a terrorist action instead of a reaction to an odious video, it could have upset President Obama’s narrative about al Qaeda on the run. And it could have changed the election results.
But that’s the way that the cookie crumbles in elections. Unexpected events or misinterpretations or simple spin can affect the result. We do not live in a perfect world, and I do not hear Republicans complaining that much about the faulty Supreme Court decision that elected President Bush over Al Gore, even when the votes in Florida clearly went the other way.
In Jeb Bush’s famous words, “stuff happens.” Democrats would be right to complain about the lack of voting booths in Ohio, for example, a fact that caused many voters, particularly in urban environments, to wait for hours for the right to vote. Maybe, if all those who left instead were given another chance, that state would have swung the other way, and Kerry would have been elected.
So, yes, the spin on Benghazi affected the election. That doesn’t make Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama murderers; they were just good politicians. So suck it up Republicans — you would have done the same thing were the situation reversed.