"Have we ever met a voter who is going to vote on Benghazi? No, I really don't think so."

GWEN IFILL: So, if it could have been prevented, whose fault it that it wasn’t, David?

DAVID BROOKS: Yes. Not Hillary Clinton’s, to be fair. The political bottom line of this…

GWEN IFILL: She was secretary of state, State Department.


No, but this is an operational matter. You are not expecting the secretary — in my view, to be fair, the secretary of state is not in charge of something this, frankly, low-level, this operational. She’s in charge of the larger policy agenda. So I do not think — if you want the political bottom line, it will be a talking point in the campaign, I’m sure.

Whether it will be an effective one, I’m extremely dubious of that.

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