Ironically, if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton runs for the presidency in 2016 the some of Clinton's harshest critics may be the source of her motivation. According to interview excerpts released yesterday from ABC News, Clinton said she sees the criticism over the Benghazi attacks as "more reason to" run in for the highest office in the land in 2016. Specifically, Clinton stated,
Actually, it's more of a reason to run, because I do not believe our great country should be playing minor league ball. We ought to be in the majors. I view this as really apart from -- even a diversion from -- the hard work that the Congress should be doing about the problems facing our country and the world."
Clinton's argument follows that of the Obama administration, who has argued that the Benghazi attacks, while tragic, should now be in the past as the country looks forward to solving problems in the future.
In the ABC News interview with Diane Sawyer Clinton says she ultimately accepts responsibility for Benghazi, but also says she had a very limited role and that she was "not making security decisions." Clinton argues that there is nothing she could have done to prevent the attacks which ultimately claimed the lives of four Americans and seven Libyans.
If Clinton did decide to run for the presidency she would be the overwhelming favorite. A Real Clear Politics average of polls currently shows Clinton leading the race for the 2016 Democratic Presidential Nomination with 66.4 percent of the vote compared to just 12.2 percent for Vice President Joe Biden. Clinton is also consistently winning by large margins in national polls that match her up against potential Republican opponents like Senator Rand Paul, Governor Chris Christie, and former Governor Jeb Bush. The most recent Electoral College projection has Clinton winning 294 votes, 24 more than she needs.
If the polling data is accurate and Clinton really does decide to run in 2016, Democrats may have Benghazi critics to thank for retaining control of the White House.