As Tim Murphy observed in piece in Mother Jones, Hillary Clinton’s appearance before the Benghazi Committee lasted, among other things, longer than the Anglo-Zanzibar War, the lifespan of a female mayfly, and, more onerously, the entire “Lord of the Rings” trilogy on screen.
And I couldn’t even get through “The Fellowship of the Ring.”
To see Clinton endure it all in one take, almost 11 hours without scene changes or a stunt double — the same claims over and over, the same accusations that have been on a Fox News loop for three years – it wasn’t good cinema. It was, however, illustrative, just not in the way Republicans hoped.
Clinton wasn’t exactly Mel Gibson on the rack in “Braveheart,” but she was an amazing study in fortitude and forbearance in the face of withering petulance.
Yes, Republican partisans had been planning this effort for days, weeks, months, years to undermine Clinton’s presidential aims. What they made her look was – yes — presidential.