On Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a speech at the University of Buffalo in which she warned about the negative ramifications on the credibility of the United States due to the government shutdown. Although the media have primarily focused on the heckler who chided Clinton for the deaths in Benghazi, shouting "you let them die" at one point, the secretary's broader remarks are worth considering as well for their hypocrisy.
During her remarks, Clinton said "I’m hoping we will — move away from the slash and burn politics, the name calling, the excessive partisanship that we’ve seen too much of lately." This is coming from the same party that exerts its energy on attacking its political opponents as racists, sexists, and terrorists simply for having a different point of view on how we should approach the problems facing our country. This is coming from the party that claims Republicans want to kill old people and to starve children for wanting deficit reductions. The Democrats are in power. If anyone has the ability to change the tone in our political discourse, it is the Democrats. How interesting that anyone who dares challenge the Obama administration is accused of slash and burn politics and that one is accused of excessive partisanship for wanting answers to important questions about Benghazi.
Clinton also suggested that the government shutdown may have had a negative impact on America's standing around the world, adding that "It’s important that the president of the United States shows up at these meetings." Nothing about the government shutdown prevented President Obama from leaving on a plane and negotiating with foreign leaders. He certainly wasn't negotiating with Republicans whose concessions were beyond reasonable. One suspects that the Democrats will blame everything bad that happens in the next three years on the "Republican Shutdown." They are already claiming that the shutdown is responsible for high unemployment numbers.
Clinton is readying herself for a 2016 White House run by offering typical Democrat responses to questions. It's never about admitting mistakes, or accepting responsibility, or finding the truth. Any questions during the presidential campaign about her decisions as Secretary of State will be dealt with by attacking the character and integrity of the questioner. Clinton said during her speech that the "future doesn't include yelling." That is, unless you're a Democrat shouting from the rooftops about Tea Party terrorists or Republican racists.