WaPo/ABC poll shows Hillary Clinton popularity peaking …

posted at 8:31 am on January 23, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The Washington Post frames this as a contest between a wildly popular potential presidential candidate and a decidedly unpopular Congress, but that’s not the real showdown coming on Capitol Hill today.  It’s going to be the battle between the popular hazy image of Hillary Clinton as the leading American woman in politics, and the reality of her bungled tenure at State as she gets pressed on the details of Benghazi and the assumptions of the Arab Spring that play into it.

However, she does have a big head start on that collision:

As she heads to Capitol Hill this morning to testify regarding the death of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, Hillary Clinton has something her former legislative colleagues lack: the broad support of the American public.

Fully 67 percent of all Americans in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll now express favorable views of the outgoing secretary of state, a record high in the survey for Clinton, albeit by a single percentage point. By contrast, just 19 percent of people said they approved of the way Congress was doing its job in a Post-ABC poll released last week.

Clinton has nearly unanimous support from fellow Democrats — 91 percent — in the new poll, also a career best. She also scores a gaudy 65 percent approval score among independents and more than one in three (37 percent) of Republicans believe she is doing a good job. That’s more than double the number of Republicans who approve of the way President Obama is doing his job.

If I had to guess, that’s because Republicans want to hang all of the blame for Benghazi on Obama, and Democrats don’t want to hang it on anyone.  But there are significant questions about what Hillary Clinton knew, and what she should have known, well before the attack on the Benghazi consulate that killed four Americans and drove the US out of eastern Libya.  CNN reports on the tough questions Hillary will have to answer today in her last significant appearance as Secretary of State:

CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson took to Twitter last night to remind everyone that Hillary’s State Department has refused to cooperate with FOIA requests intended to get to the bottom of Benghazi and Foggy Bottom:

Additionally, CBS News has repeatedly requested the promised surveillance video from Benghazi but it has not been provided. We’ve also asked for any White House photos taken that night, as well as an accounting of Pres. Obama’s decisions and actions. None has been provided….At a press conference 11/14/12, President Obama stated that his Admin. has provided all info regarding ‘what happened in Benghazi.’

Maybe Congress can get Hillary Clinton to answer Attkisson’s questions, because State has refused:

Don’t expect that high approval rating to last forever.


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Shrillary is a rambling bore. Unfortunately, so are most of the rest of them.

I loved how Johnson got her riled up – too bad he only had 5 minutes.

Anti-Control on January 23, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Yes he did hit her archilles heel didn’t he! Only one so far that found her button.

CoffeeLover on January 23, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Reset embarrassment? A glitch, get over it.

chumpThreads on January 23, 2013 at 10:20 AM

The New Republic, 2009:

Michael Crowley is a senior editor of The New Republic.

The hallmark of Hillary’s tenure as America’s top diplomat has hardly been robotic precision. It has instead been a curious propensity for public statements that require amendment, clarification, and implicit retraction–as illustrated, most recently, by comments she made about Israeli settlement policy that reportedly baffled even her own aides.

-snip-

The first sign that Hillary’s lips might be surprisingly loose came on her very first official trip–a swing through Asia in February. Aboard her government jet, Clinton spoke with reporters about prospects for the replacement of the ailing North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il. The longtime diplomatic writers were startled; Clinton had broken what the Times called “an informal taboo” on the subject, which, tellingly, neither she nor top Obama officials seem to have publicly revisited since. More dramatically, on that same trip, Hillary unexpectedly dismissed the role of human rights in U.S.-China relations. Such concerns, she explained, “can’t interfere” with issues like global warming and the economy. “[W]e pretty much know what [Chinese leaders] are going to say” anyway, she shrugged. Human rights advocates were appalled, and State Department officials traveling with her reportedly debated whether she had been refreshingly candid or had committed a colossal blunder.

-snip-

Clinton’s August trip to Africa, which featured a town-hall-style meeting in Congo. Tired and frayed after several days of travel on the continent, Hillary lost her patience with a questioner who asked her husband’s view of an obscure World Bank policy. “My husband is not secretary of state, I am,” she snapped. “I am not going to be channeling my husband.” Clinton’s aides initially suggested that a mistranslation was to blame–that, in fact, the questioner had inquired about Barack Obama’s views, not Bill Clinton’s. That turned out not to be the case.

-snip-

Speaking again about North Korea, Clinton likened the country to an “unruly teenager” who throws periodic tantrums. While her observation is correct, the language was jarring coming from a government official–particularly when it emerged that Bill Clinton was, at that same time, arranging a visit to Pyongyang to accept the release of two detained American journalists. Then there was her recent visit to Pakistan. While there, Hillary admirably parried anti-American abuse in public forums, but the pressure pushed her into a comment that undercut her mission. During one meeting with several ornery Pakistani journalists, Clinton “appeared to get annoyed,” as one local paper wrote, and snapped that she found it “hard to believe that nobody in your government knows where [Al Qaeda leaders] are and couldn’t get them if they really wanted to.” After her rejoinder got a testy reception in the Pakistani media, Hillary “carefully scaled back her comments,” as the Associated Press wrote, insisting that she didn’t believe Pakistan harbors terrorists.

-snip-

Clinton revealed at a press conference that Obama’s call for an Israeli settlement freeze included any “natural growth” within existing settlements. The circumstances remain murky, but two sources with detailed knowledge of the U.S.-Israeli relationship say that the Obama team was not yet prepared to make public this departure from Bush-era policy. Rather than leave his secretary of state twisting in the wind, says one of the sources, Obama wound up repeating her formulation a few days later, touching off months of tension with the Israelis.

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The second flap occurred on November 1 in Jerusalem, where Clinton abruptly reversed course on settlements–this time saying that a proposal by the Netanyahu government that falls short of the freeze Obama has sought nevertheless amounts to an “unprecedented” concession by Israel. The formulation–which infuriated Arab leaders and made it seem that Obama had surrendered to Netanyahu–had not been endorsed by the White House, which was not pleased with the statement. The Times subsequently reported that even Clinton’s aides considered the remark poorly worded. “Our leading diplomat is very undiplomatic,” says a Democratic official with a Jewish organization in Washington. “Sometimes that’s helpful, sometimes it’s not.”

I take it all back, chump. She’s been a Genius as SOS!

Del Dolemonte on January 23, 2013 at 10:38 AM

As a strong, competent woman, I hereby throw my hat into the 2016 ring (we’ll work out the Constitutional issues later).

I’d vote for you a couple of times.

There is no constitutional issue – we can just get someone to Photoshop you Hawaiian birth certificate.

/ducks

CorporatePiggy on January 23, 2013 at 10:39 AM

she has kept us engaged without going to war.

chumpThreads on January 23, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Who do you think, after Susan Rice and Samantha Power, was the 3rd Witch of Libya?

The Three Witches of Libya

“In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members, though there is apparently no evidence of his involvement in the terrible events of September 11, 2001. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. Should he succeed in that endeavor, he could alter the political and security landscape of the Middle East, which as we know all too well affects American security.”

- Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), U.S. Senate debate over going to war against Iraq, 10 October 2002

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Much as I disliked Bill Clinton’s foreign policy, at least his Secretary of State didn’t make a habit of hiding behind underlings or being conspicuously absent when Congress and the press came calling. It will be up to historians to decide if Madeleine Albright was a good Secretary of State or not but she was certainly no shrinking violet. Hillary Clinton’s entire political and legal career has been a consistent path from mediocrity to failure to disaster while simultaneously suffering no tangible consequences. To hell with anyone who backs her nomination for another office.

RobertE on January 23, 2013 at 10:42 AM

“What qualified Hillary to become the Junior Senator from New York, a state that she had never lived in until she carpetbagged her way into the NYC suburbs, solely to run for that office?”
Del Dolemonte on January 23, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Seriously? This is your gripe?

You tell me, what qualifications was she required to have to run for Senate from New York.

Don’t tell me what YOU think she needed, tell me what was required of her and whether she met the qualifications.

And then get some treatment for that bad case of anal-retentive syndrome you have.

chumpThreads on January 23, 2013 at 10:43 AM

As one of my friend just said…”She get all riled up with the reps. and then she drinks in the dems’. “lovely remarks”…..Hardly worth watching it anymore. Think I’ll go clean toilets.”

CoffeeLover on January 23, 2013 at 10:43 AM

There is no constitutional issue – we can just get someone to Photoshop you Hawaiian birth certificate.

/ducks

CorporatePiggy on January 23, 2013 at 10:39 AM

LMFAO!

Speaking of Birtherism. Guess who was one of the first?

Hint: Apartment is a racist dog-whistle.

BBWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 10:44 AM

More obfuscation. They were “clear eyed” about the security risks in Benghazi, and decided not to close it. But five minutes ago she hadn’t seen any requests for more security. How clear eyed can one be in maki g that decision, then?

It’s because you were gunrunning and had to have the coastal locale. Notice early in her statement she referred to Benghazi, not by name, but as “The Coast”. It was the location that mattered.

And if I hear one more time about Mali and Algeria I’m going to lose it. Not relevant, Dissembler in Chief.

winoceros on January 23, 2013 at 10:44 AM

McCain {vomit}

Mr. Arrogant on January 23, 2013 at 10:45 AM

DRUDGE REPORT ‏@DRUDGE_REPORT

The Donald Wants to Buy The New York Times… http://drudge.tw/10RNaai

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 10:56 AM

There is an early article that said the evacuees were being debriefed at Rammstein. She is lying and obfuscating. They are just stupid then? Unable to grasp? Late to the party? Incurious?

Tired of the Clinton reframing and false indignation when asked to answer factual histories.

And dork Dem senators: they are holding the funds until they get the answers they want about Benghazi. Additional incentive is Hillary’s own political aspirations so she will testify to say that she did. But she has given exactly no answers. Zero.

winoceros on January 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Re: cables from Stevens et al, “we can get mired down in the back-and-forth” but we should just get back to focusing on the ARB and how wonderful we are picking up on its recommendations, especially the hiring more bureaucrats part.

Does Huma get all the urgent emails that you get? Who was her first phonecall to?

winoceros on January 23, 2013 at 11:09 AM

It’s going to be the battle between the popular hazy image of Hillary Clinton as the leading American woman in politics, and the reality of her bungled tenure at State

I’m sure the MSM will BE REAL HAZY on her accomplishments. Just as they’ve been HAZY on Barry’s.

GarandFan on January 23, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Here’s what I get from her: we get so much right and avert 99% of attacks because our personnel are so talented and competent. But as soon as the president and I get involved it just somehow goes to pot. Oh well!

winoceros on January 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

chumpThreads on January 23, 2013 at 10:43 AM

So “she met the minimum requirements” is what passes for ‘exemplary’ in your playbook, then – got it. lol

Thanks for proving you have no achievements to hang your glowing comments of praise on. We knew your were a ass-licking sycophant, thanks for documenting it!

Midas on January 23, 2013 at 11:14 AM

So “she met the minimum requirements” is what passes for ‘exemplary’ in your playbook, then – got it. lol

Thanks for proving you have no achievements to hang your glowing comments of praise on. We knew your were a ass-licking sycophant, thanks for documenting it!

Midas on January 23, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Where did I say “exemplary”?

I always knew you were a lying, dishonest hack.
Thanks for documenting it.

chumpThreads on January 23, 2013 at 11:26 AM

I think a bigger problem is the “FOI requested 10 months ago”.

A law needs to be passed stating that…

Those administration officials who receive a valid FOI request have 3 months to respond or all administration officials up the reporting chain beginning at the employee receiving the request and ending at the Department head shall be individually fined 1% of their gross salary each month thereafter until the information is provided. Fines shall be deposited into the general fund for debt repayment.

It’s about time laws governing our officials had some real teeth!

dominigan on January 23, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Unbelievable. I give up. This country is beyond hope. Hillary Clinton is the most thoroughly corrupt and politically debased human being in public life. We deserve everything coming our way. I’m losing all respect and affection for this stupid nation.

rrpjr on January 23, 2013 at 11:34 AM

She will always and forever be a second-string partner in a second rate law firm in LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS f’er chri$$akes.

Mr. Grump on January 23, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 23, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Seriously? This is your gripe?

You tell me, what qualifications was she required to have to run for Senate from New York.

Don’t tell me what YOU think she needed, tell me what was required of her and whether she met the qualifications.

And then get some treatment for that bad case of anal-retentive syndrome you have.

chumpThreads on January 23, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Translated: “I still can’t answer Del’s simple question!”

Game, Set, and Match. You make it too easy.

H

Del Dolemonte on January 23, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Hillary Clinton’s entire political and legal career has been a consistent path from mediocrity to failure to disaster while simultaneously suffering no tangible consequences…

RobertE on January 23, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Thread winner.

bofh on January 23, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Benghazi? What the flying @*!% is that? Where is my check? Is American Idol on tonight? /low information voter

Decoski on January 23, 2013 at 4:44 PM

She’s lying her ass off.

Doughboy on January 23, 2013 at 9:41 AM

I could tell that much with the sound turned off. Her lips were moving. That’s always a sure “tell” with the Clintons.

There Goes The Neighborhood on January 23, 2013 at 11:30 PM

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