Senate Republicans refuse to confirm Kerry until Hillary testifies about Benghazi

posted at 7:31 pm on December 27, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Isn’t this pushing a jinx?  If Senate Republicans insist on having Hillary Clinton testify before allowing John Kerry’s confirmation to proceed, aren’t they risking a torn ACL or turf toe for the outgoing Secretary of State?

Clinton has pledged to remain in the job until Kerry is confirmed, which Obama said he was confident would happen “quickly.” The Senate is expected to take up Kerry’s nomination in early January, but multiple Republican senators have already said they won’t agree to a vote on Kerry’s nomination until Clinton testifies about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi. Illness and a concussion has prevented Clinton from appearing thus far.

Clinton promised to appear before Congress at one point, but the State Department backpedaled from that position quickly after it became public.  State then said that Clinton couldn’t testify until after Congress received the report from the Accountability Review Board’s investigation into Benghazi, which they hinted Congress might not see for another 90 days — or possibly never see in its entirety. They got the ARB report last week, at which point State announced the resignations of four officials who never actually resigned at allAccountability!

So yes, there are plenty of questions to ask Hillary Clinton about the “systemic failures” and “leadership and management deficiencies” that arose under her command at State, now that Congress has seen the report.  There are plenty of questions to ask Hillary Clinton about the surreal resignation dodge of the past week.  Asking those questions requires her presence, however, and it’s becoming clear that Hillary has no intention of submitting herself to those lines of inquiry in public.  She and State are trying to run out the clock and leave John Kerry in position to deal with the aftermath.

The question is whether Senate Republicans can actually block Kerry’s nomination.  Stalwarts like Mike Lee and Tim Scott will certainly give it a go, and Marco Rubio suggested that he might put a hold on it.  John McCain and Lindsey Graham may not go along with obstruction for very long, for collegial reasons concerning Kerry and Hillary as well as for “comity,” but they may come along for a little while.  Harry Reid can move the question with 60 votes, which means that he only needs 5 Republicans to agree to a floor vote to break the impasse.  I’d be surprised if he can’t find them, after a short period of time in which the Senate Republicans can make their objection known.

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That’s the stalker sneaking up behind you.

Always those folks with the dangerous names… until they meet Dr. Ben Dover, of course.

ajacksonian on December 27, 2012 at 8:59 PM

I wondered about that..as soon as I turn around quickly, all I see is a shadow!

Mimzey on December 27, 2012 at 9:08 PM

I have long since given up that anyone in this Administration will be held accountable and actually pay a political and personal price for the damage that they have done…

… May their lies turn their souls black.

Seven Percent Solution on December 27, 2012 at 9:13 PM

This sort of night is what happens when I am left waiting and incredibly bored with no compunction to do anything useful…

ajacksonian on December 27, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Nicely done! Relaxing for a change. ; )

Bmore on December 27, 2012 at 9:14 PM

I don’t want to unduly hang any member of the media.

I want to duly convict and hang those who conspired to throw the 2012 presidential election.

And yes, it was thrown. The huge imbalance in coverage enabled the small victory margin, many times over, by purposely deceiving voters who are too busy, working three jobs, to spend hours a day prowling the blogs to learn the truth.

You betcha I want to see journalists hang over this someday.

If conspiring to throw an American presidential election is not a capital offense against the Republic that so many have died to preserve, I don’t know what is.

cane_loader on December 27, 2012 at 9:15 PM

ajacksonian, QOTD is up if you really feel like wasting time.

Bmore on December 27, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Leave Hillary alone. She hit her head.

SparkPlug on December 27, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Which one?

TXUS on December 27, 2012 at 9:17 PM

What I have learned from 5 years of a fawning, corrupt, traitorous MSM during 0bama’s rule, and also from nearly everything that took place during Cinton’s rule, is that the 0bama administration will never be held to account for trampling the Constitution and malfeasance…

The woman will still be the Dem nominee, with full-throated support of the MSM and the credulous 52%.

cane_loader on December 27, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Right you are.

But also necessary to point out that is only a seemingly immutable truth because of the void left by the corrupted and clueless GOP. The GOP could declare open and relentless war on the Left and media tomorrow and we would, in an instant, be living in another country — one in which our fortunes would be in play not predetermined. But this will not happen. I would say it’s a kind of iron law by now that it will not happen. Mind-boggling to consider the power that the Right does not exercise, and concedes to the Left. It defies the rules of both nature and man. It presupposes deficiencies of character and imagination hard to believe.

rrpjr on December 27, 2012 at 9:21 PM

A bout of amnesia is next.

Philly on December 27, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Hillary has no intention of submitting herself to those lines of inquiry in public. She and State are trying to run out the clock and leave John Kerry in position to deal with the aftermath.

This…has got to stop. From Holder to Clinton to any lowlife POS in the senate or the house. Clinton should have her door knocked down by US Marshals…handcuffed and jailed.

We are sick…sick and tired of these “royals”making sheet up as they go along…defying the law…the truth..and accountability. This is NO longer a government by the people or for the people. This is a corrupt “government” that’s treasonous, disingenuous and totally out of control.

Me…I demand a revolution to topple the princes and princes off of the thrones they believe they’re entitled to…I pray that Jeffersons warning comes to pass…and we have one General who commands a sizable brigade to seize the Capitol.

Voting??? What a laugh….it’s meaningless and worthless. These slime…belong in JAIL.

They are out for them..their perks…their privileges and above all…to suck us dry with their pensions and perceived immunity from prosecution.

I never thought I’d see a day where I despise my “government”. With “approval” ratings of 18% or so…..any other country in the world would have toppled their government and replaced it.

It’s about time we do something.

Twana on December 27, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Illness and a concussion has prevented Clinton from appearing thus far.

Did she have illness and a concussion over Whitewater and numerous other questionable dealings involving her and Bill? She sure must be sick a lot.

arnold ziffel on December 27, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Did she have illness and a concussion over Whitewater and numerous other questionable dealings involving her and Bill? She sure must be sick a lot.

arnold ziffel on December 27, 2012 at 9:25 PM

No, she was too busy holding the ice bag on Gennifer Flowers’ lip.

cane_loader on December 27, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Did she have illness and a concussion

Yes…the Immaculate concussion….while toppling off her ivory tower while trying to adjust her tiara and crown.

Hillary…your “concussion” is as much a fraud as your impeached bubba’s excuse that he didn’t have sex with Monica. You now…you POS..have your own stain on your pantsuit to deal with. Liar and fraud runs in the family.

Twana on December 27, 2012 at 9:31 PM

John McCain and Lindsey Graham may not go along with obstruction for very long, for collegial reasons concerning Kerry and Hillary as well as for “comity,” but they may come along for a little while.

That is so special. Apparently Mac doesn’t care that Kerry was helping to prolong his vacation with the NVA and Linthy follows Mac’s lead like my border collie does me. It’s about the club—-not the country.
effin Rick rolled two elections in a row.

arnold ziffel on December 27, 2012 at 9:34 PM

A bout of amnesia is next.

Philly on December 27, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Yeah … it worked like a charm for her “press conference” on her professional style cattle futures trading, that she couldn’t recall a single thing about so many years ago.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 27, 2012 at 9:46 PM

They say that Jeb Huma is the smart one.

BL@KBIRD on December 27, 2012 at 9:49 PM

I wouldn’t be surprised if Kerry played a part in Benghazi, especially in arming the al qaeda affiliated rebels. He played a direct role in arming al qaeda rebels the last time a Democrat president started a war, KLA in the Balkans, so he’s an expert at it. He’s obviously involved in Obama things or he wouldn’t be considered for such a position.

Buddahpundit on December 27, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Whether they will play till the end is another story. lib-or-tea on December 27, 2012 at 7:39 PM

We all know the answer to that one. Spineless RINOs. I don’t know why they even made the threat. They know they will just cave as usual. Kerry will probably get 95 votes.

Alabama Infidel on December 27, 2012 at 10:04 PM

MisTwiLies Run & Hide CYA

The problem is that once she is out of office she is pretty much untouchable and she knows it. What can we do? Wright, wright and wright some more not just to Hot Air but to every News outlet in this country, write and write again to every Senator, Representative and Department Head. There are many good people in Government serving “We The People” and to many that are just Self Serving. These may be Dark Days but together “We The People” can end this Party Line Madness that has created a government where NO-ONE is accountable for Anything.

(Misleading, Twists and Lies)

jpcpt03 on December 27, 2012 at 10:09 PM

5 will get you 10- Shillary utters , ” I do not recall” instead of claiming the 5th.

FlaMurph on December 27, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Because of her concussion related trauma, of course.

She will be better by 2016, though.

FlaMurph on December 27, 2012 at 10:24 PM

… May their lies turn their souls black.

Seven Percent Solution on December 27, 2012 at 9:13 PM

That assumes their souls are not black already.

May they all spontaneously combust.

Schadenfreude on December 27, 2012 at 10:37 PM

…until after Congress received the report from the Accountability Review Board’s investigation into Benghazi, which they hinted Congress might not see for another 90 days — or possibly never see in its entirety.

Well, hell. Who exactly was the report prepared for?

The State department investigating the State Department, issuing a report for the State Department so the State Department can punish the State Department.

I get it now.

BacaDog on December 27, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Filibuster

paulsur on December 27, 2012 at 11:16 PM

It’s about time we do something.

Twana on December 27, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Sign me up.

Mirimichi on December 27, 2012 at 11:16 PM

I read that Hillary Clinton is expected back at work next week. But wait–has she been cleared by NFL doctors to return to action after the concussion?

stukinIL4now on December 27, 2012 at 11:24 PM

180 proof amnesty.

profitsbeard on December 27, 2012 at 11:42 PM

… May their lies turn their souls black.

Seven Percent Solution on December 27, 2012 at 9:13 PM

That assumes their souls are not black already.

May they all spontaneously combust.

Schadenfreude on December 27, 2012 at 10:37 PM

On film.

profitsbeard on December 27, 2012 at 11:43 PM

IT IS TIME TO WATER THE TREE OF LIBERTY!!!!!!!!!!!

williamg on December 27, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Thank you Barack, for turning our nation into a Banana republic.

Wendya on December 27, 2012 at 11:56 PM

How can John McCain agree to Kerry as anything after Kerry slandered American Soldiers serving in Vietnam?

Has McCain have no honor?

slp on December 28, 2012 at 12:08 AM

Clinton has pledged to remain in the job until Kerry is confirmed

And we know how much a Clinton pledge is worth, right? The Republicans are useless, rattling their plastic sabers. Six two and even says Hill never testifies before them. If she does, you can expect a general lack of recollection along with a lot of ‘someone else was responsible for that area’. The Potomoc Pravda won’t bite the hand that throws them their cocktail parties and the low info voters are not interested. If things do manage to get dicey for Hill, you can expect some Executive Order CYA – no doubt she has herself covered on where the bodies are buried as well as Holder does.

ghostwalker1 on December 28, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Where is Waldo??

Sherman1864 on December 28, 2012 at 6:29 AM

What a convenient concussion. My take.

kingsjester on December 28, 2012 at 6:33 AM

Refusing to vote Kerry into office until Hillary testifies is like swearing you won’t take the Strychnine (poison) until ‘you’ prove Arsenic (poison) is really bad for you….

easyt65 on December 28, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Be careful what you wish for HotAirians.

Damage Hillary politically and then it strengthens Biden and Cuomo in 2016.

Since one of them will almost certainly defeat any of the crop of incompetent, lame-butted republicans that can’t pour piss out a boot we should think about what kind of President we want to further take us down.

I’d prefer Biden. Primarily because as the ship is sinking he’d be the most entertaining and would make for the smoothest transition to being absorbed my our Chinese Debtlords.

PappyD61 on December 28, 2012 at 8:46 AM

This ‘stand’ is nothing more than another chance for Boehner and the rest of his rubber-spined Party to cave and get some TV air time.

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Change headline to read: “….until Hillary lies about Bengahzi”
(I know, she already did a few times with the video explanation).

More kabuki theatre from the republicans.

When will citizens realize that with the exception of a very few,
repubs and democraps are pretty much the same?

I still think the middle class is the backbone of this country
along with its freedoms. The political elite are involved in
taking down block by block our religious freedom, economic freedom and our protection from tyranny freedom, gun rights.

Once they destroy “us”, they destroy the whole concept of America.

Sound farfetched?

Amjean on December 28, 2012 at 9:19 AM

I don’t recall……..

dddave on December 28, 2012 at 9:20 AM

There’s a lot of justified hate towards the leftist media in this thread.

My ? is-Where’s the Right Wing Media investigating Hillary’s bump on the head?

Here, let me help….No where!

Lazy bastards that they are.

Mr. Arrogant on December 28, 2012 at 9:21 AM

What is it with our addicition to Losers, Liars, & Politicians that $crew us over?

Hillary was so personally politically motivated / driven that she stayed with a man who was a career sexual harrasser, adulterous, pathelogical liar who ried to convince us she was too ignorant/oblivious for decades to see what her husband was doing. She was a 70′s fringe-radical/progressive Liberal who cares more about herself than who she claims she wants to represent…and she has been treated undeservedly as a ‘rock star’. Despite REFUSING to provide additional security to Ambasador Stevens & his staff after TWO (2) previous terror attacks & refusing to take them out of Benghazi, despite being partially responsible for the decision to abandon them during the 3rd attack, despite her participation in this administration’s lies & cover up of the Benghazi attack, people are talking about her possible 2016 Presidential run…good grief! Has everyone forgotten the ridiculous debate between Obama & Hillary over who was more prepared to take the ’1am phone call’? They both rceived it several times regarding Benghazi, rolled over & ignored it, & Americans died! Yet, there are millions of MORONS who still treat her like a cross between ‘Mother Terresa’ & Melissa Ethridge…

Then we have John ‘I hate my friggin’ country’ Kerry who Obama (who also seems to hate this country) wants to take Hillary’s place. Kerry, the guy who testified before Congress during the Viet Nam war & told of false attrocities & told lies that were all uncovered/exposed, the man who demanded a purple heart after a piece of rice flew into his eye after a sanpan was destroyed by a hand grenaed, the man who claimed he was in Laos on Christmas ever only to have proven that once again he lied, the man who during his last Presidential run promised to release his military records yet like Obama has kept his records sealed, the man who married into the Heinz Ketchup dynasty & makes an @$$-load of money $ucking on his wife’s family’s business…is up for the position of representing our nation before the world…

Isn’t there any NORMAL, ETHICAL, MORAL Americans out there – someone more like us, the majority of Americans, rather than the elitist, corrupt, self/party-serving political re-treads that keep getting recycled & shoved down our throats?

easyt65 on December 28, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Mr. Arrogant on December 28, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Even if there is incontrovertible proof Hillary is lying (again) the MSM would cover it up and say it’s another part of ‘War on Women’, etc.

Let’s face it: those who still think 911 was an inside job would never believe Hillary isn’t fullabull about her ‘concussion’.

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 9:34 AM

This may be the first self diagnosed concussion in history. As I recall Hilary did not go to a hospital or seek medical attention over this “injury”. Apparently it was a concussion of convenience.

Dasher on December 28, 2012 at 11:10 AM

After 2 PREVIOUS TERROR ATTACKS, the last one leaving a 4 FOOT HOLE in the perimiter wall, after warning the State Department that Al Qaeda flags were now flying over their govt buildings / 10 new terrorist training camps had recently been stood up / they would not survive a 3rd coordinated attack…after all of that, Hillary/The State Dept/the Obama administration rejected 3-4 requests for additional security, refused to give them additional security, refused to allow U.S, Marines guard U.S. American diplomats in libya, & instead gave ‘American jobs/responsibilities’ to a foreign security firm…and even them ordered them NOT TO CARRY WEAPONS/AMMO!

“State Department would not allow the private security firm/team in Benghazi carry bullets.”
– Col David Hunt
o WHY was a foreign private security firm/team guarding our U.S. Ambassador & his staff instead of U.S. personnel?
o WHY was this firm/team denied the right to carry weapons/bullets when Ambassador Stevens & his staff 1) had already been attacked by terrorists TWICE before, & 2) Stevens warned this administration that Al Qaeda flags were flying over the new Libyan Govt buildings, 10 new terrorist training camps had been started up in Benghazi, & that he & his staff would NEVER SURVIVE a 3rd/coordinated attack?

The Rules of Engagement for Libya, approved ans signed by SoS Hillary Clinton since the fall of the Libyan regime, severely compromised the safety & security of murdered Ambassador Stevens & all American diplomatic staff in Libya. It was also Clinton’s decision, when she attached her signature to those ROE, not to staff Benghazi with Marines – Hillary Clinton prohibited U.S. Marines from providing security at any U.S. installation in Libya.

“It was the policy of the Obama administration to have a low profile in Libya. That’s why the rules of engagement were approved by the Secretary of State to have no Marines at Benghazi, and to have an American contractor hire Libyan nationals to provide security there. The rules were they couldn’t have ammunition.”
– Hillary Clinton confirmed in a press conference that Obama’s Libyan (Foreign) Policy was to ‘keep a low profile in Libya’, obviously even if it meant refusing to provide adequate security to our American diplomats.

“The Department of State Security are the people in charge of diplomatic security. They enforce the rules of engagement, which are set at Clinton’s level at State. The Department of Defense was told we’re not going to have Marines at Benghazi. The recent political conventions had more security than Ambassador Stevens had in Benghazi.
o WHY, on the ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11, security SO LACKING – not only in Libya but also in locations like Cairo, Egypt, where U.S. Marines were also ordered not to carry ammunition?
o Is it Liberal hatred for the military or a complete lack of understanding of what is the purpose of the military &/or the fact that a military stripped of its ability to fight/defend itself & others is useless?

In the end, facing having to testify before Congress, Hillary falls on her arse, getting a concussion in doing so, does NOT get medical attention of any kind, & delays (if not evades totally) testifying…

Obama’s FAILED FOREIGN POLICY – ‘Low Profile in Libya, to include inadequate protection for American Diplomats in Libya…Hillary’s horrific’failed Rules of Enagagement for security details as well as ‘out-sourcing’ our Ambassadors’ security to foreign nationals & then not allowing them to carry any means to defend themselves / our diplomats…modifying CIA reports – stripping all references to the a terrorist attack’ out of it…intentionally LYING to the American people, feigning insult at being called out for lying…FAKING the resignation of 4 scapegoats in the State Department only to have it discovered they are still on the payroll…a military response team 2 hours away from the terrorist attack that lasted over 6 hours & the AFRICOM commander who voiced his intent to ignore that order to abandon Americans under fire being relieved of command…

This was a failure at the highest levels, to include President Obama & Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Obama should be CENSURED at the very least for his part in this /crime’ (if not IMPEACHED), & Hillary Clinton should be stripped of her position – FIRED for her incompetence/failures that cost American lives, NOT allowed to ‘step down’ as if it was her choice to do so! Instead, there has been & continues to be NO ACCOUNTABILITY in this administration, even after Americans die / high body counts (Fast & Furious: 300+, including 1 U.S. Border Patrol Agent dead)…

easyt65 on December 28, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Oh..Hillary will testify…certainly but will never answer a question..

Then off to the fat farm with plastic surgeons in tow

In 2 years she emerges as ‘hollywood’…bet on it

Redford on December 28, 2012 at 11:38 AM

What does it matter if she testifies or whether she tells the truth? The GOP will never do anything about it. They’re too cowardly and too concerned with their own careers to care about treason and the deliberate murder of Americans by our own White House. The Dems don’t care what happened in Benghazi or in the White House that day, as long as they get to stay in power. Our entire government is worthless.

blackgriffin on December 28, 2012 at 12:28 PM

easyt65 on December 28, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Very well chronicled as to what and when it happened and who is ultimately responsibile for this atrocity! An act of war was committed upon a U.S. “protected” diplomatic mission…..including the killing of an ambassador! Where is the uproar? Had this been on George W. Bush or any other Republican’s hands, the outcry by the press would still be reverberating through the Beltway streets and halls of Congress. The silence is deafening!

tomshup on December 28, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Amb. John Bolton has some questions for Hillary Clinton that address Benghazi and beyond.
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/beyond_benghazi_questions_for_clinton_iPokjZYDz6wpgH8rPpVzKL

onlineanalyst on December 28, 2012 at 1:51 PM

It’s possible she will show up to testify but we are likely to find out a concussion does terrible things to one’s ability to recall details.

TimBuk3 on December 28, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Breaking News 30 December 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hospitalized Sunday after doctors

1. Discovered a blood clot during a follow-up exam.
2. That may have occurred due to extensive bed rest.
3. Related to a concussion she received.
4. After fainting.
5. Due to dehydration.
6. Caused by a stomach virus.

Will remain in the hospital for at least 48 more hours before returning home for more rest. Then????

Never will testify on Benghazi, will she?

jpcpt03 on December 31, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Problem With the Hillary Story: Clots from concussions are almost never treated with blood thinners.

petefrt on December 31, 2012 at 8:35 AM

What a convenient concussion. My take.

Madame Secretary is not the first person to pretend to be sick, in order to get out of taking a test which they knew they would fail.

kingsjester on December 28, 2012 at 6:33 AM

Not that you’d read about it on HotAir, but Secretaty Clinton has been hospitalized with a bloodclot as a result of her fall.

You’ve accused her of pretending to be sick. Let’s see if you’re man enough to apologize and retract your remark.

chumpThreads on December 31, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Benghazi, and her testimony avoidance, will prove an electability question if Clinton runs in 2016.

Moze on December 31, 2012 at 11:19 AM

A bloodclot, they’re saying now. But she’ll be at her desk come Monday, I’m hearing.

So, could this evolve into, ‘She had a mini stroke and lost a tiny portion of her memory. Indeed, believe it or not, because of the mini stroke she now recalls nothing of the Benghazi matter. She doesn’t even remember where that is? But not to worry. Other than anything having to do with Vince Foster, Whitewater, Benghazi or some woman named Monica, she has total recall.’

EconomicNeocon on December 31, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Never will testify on Benghazi, will she?

jpcpt03 on December 31, 2012 at 12:24 AM

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Congressional Interns should stake out the hospital. . : )

listens2glenn on December 31, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Not that you’d read about it on HotAir, but Secretaty Clinton has been hospitalized with a bloodclot as a result of her fall.

You’ve accused her of pretending to be sick. Let’s see if you’re man enough to apologize and retract your remark.

chumpThreads on December 31, 2012 at 10:26 AM

.
There’s MORE than sufficient references to the bloodclot as a result of her fall … in multiple comments, above yours.

She MAY get an apology, after she testifies before the relevant Congressional committee / sub-committee.

But I’m not making any promises.

listens2glenn on December 31, 2012 at 3:56 PM

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