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Sat Jan 5, 2013, 05:39 PM

Clinton aide: Only an “imbecile” would say Hillary’s faking


An outspoken aide fires back at conservative critics who said the secretary of state really had the "Benghazi flu"

BY DAVID DALEY


A senior adviser to Hillary Clinton has told the New York Times that only “an imbecile” would suggest that the secretary of state would fake an illness rather than answer questions from Congress about the Sept. 11 attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, which killed ambassador Chris Stevens.

Clinton, who is recovering from a concussion and then the discovery of a blood clot near her brain, needed to cancel her appearance before an investigative committee in December. When the concussion was first announced, prominent conservatives including John Bolton, Charles Krauthammer and Monica Crowley all suggested there was something a little too convenient about the timing.

But in a story in Saturday’s New York Times about Clinton’s recovery, Reines — a Clinton aide with a history of speaking his mind — fired back at that notion. “She would have vastly preferred to testify that original date than go through the last 27 days,” said Philippe Reines. “Only an imbecile would say otherwise.”

A Buzzfeed story published after Clinton’s blood clot diagnosis collected video and tweets from some of those who did suggest otherwise over reports of the initial concussion.

They included Krauthammer’s diagnosis on Fox News that the secretary of state was suffering from an “acute Benghazi allergy,” and a New York Post editorial called “Hillary Clinton’s Head Fake.” That article suggested Clinton was making an unbelievable excuse by quoting from a Shel Silverstein poem about kids too sick to go to school.

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http://www.salon.com/2013/01/05/clinton_aide_only_an_imbecile_would_say_hillarys_faking/

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Reply Clinton aide: Only an “imbecile” would say Hillary’s faking (Original post)
DonViejo Jan 2013 OP
Thinkingabout Jan 2013 #1
TwilightGardener Jan 2013 #2
RedstDem Jan 2013 #3
RudynJack Jan 2013 #4
Beacool Jan 2013 #5
dionysus Jan 2013 #8
Beacool Jan 2013 #9
11 Bravo Jan 2013 #6
Cha Jan 2013 #7
Filibuster Harry Jan 2013 #10
zbdent Jan 2013 #11
struggle4progress Jan 2013 #12
Jamaal510 Jan 2013 #13

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 05:46 PM

1. Would all imbecils stand and take a bow, you deserve what you got.

Bolton is just not up to many tasks, thank goodness rmoney was not elected and we don't have to face having someone like Bolton as SOS, and he can take his Faux buddies with him. It is a bunch of Benghazi crazies running amok.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 05:48 PM

2. It's sad that this even needs to be said.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 06:13 PM

3. only an imbecile....

hammer, meet nail.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 06:35 PM

4. Good.

It needs to be said. From even higher levels.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 07:07 PM

5. Reines is the king of the "bon mot".

He is known for his dry wit and sarcastic responses. He is also fiercely loyal to Hillary. I would love to see him as Press Secretary under a Clinton administration. The toadies wouldn't know what hit them.

Justin Fishel (a Fox News producer) asked an asinine question at a presser with Victoria Nuland at the State Dept., she gave him a polite response, but Reines shot him this email:

Justin –

We owe you an apology. And I’m adding Bryan so he’s aware of how badly we erred. I’m almost embarrassed to even admit this – but somehow your question at today’s Daily Press Briefing was somehow completely mauled and transcribed in the release below this way:

“Toria, can you expand on why Secretary Clinton can’t testify on Thursday about this? It seems that she has not been available to testify on the Benghazi situation on some very key dates, including the Sunday after 9/11 and now this Thursday.”

I just called them and read them the riot act for putting such misleading, accusatory, and absolutely asinine words in your mouth. Because after what we and her doctors explained over the weekend regarding her health, you couldn’t possibly have been insinuating the ulterior motives that question implies. No way. No credible journalist would do that without any basis whatsoever.

Another example was when some in the media claimed that Hillary had lunch with Valerie Jarret this summer to talk about replacing Biden with Hillary as VP. Reines shot the following:

This did not happen
They did not have lunch
They did not have any meal
They did not meet this month
They did not meet last month
They did not meet in 2012
They did not meet in 2011, 2010, 2009
This is not happening
Truth is that Ed Klein is an idiot with not a shred of credibility
Truth is that Ed Klein's motto is “If at first you don't succeed, lie lie again.”







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Response to Beacool (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 07:37 PM

8. i see you're back from your carousing... i didn't have a chance to give you your present...



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Response to dionysus (Reply #8)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 07:44 PM

9. Wow!!!

I've never seen a banky like that!!! Thank you for my lovely present!!!

Yeah, I got back Wednesday afternoon. Back to the cold and back to work. Wuuuaaa!!!

How were your holidays?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 07:09 PM

6. Only imbeciles did so.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 07:19 PM

7. Unfortunately, that certainly describes allen west, john

bolton, lucianne goldberg, et al.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 07:46 PM

10. And that's what they are: imbeciles. Just like those that are criticizing the

president for going back to Hawaii to finish his vacation. Funny thing though those same assholes never complained about Reagan going back to his ranch (before cell phones) or about W. and his 200+ days of vacation in 2.5 years as opposed to President Obama's 84 days (from Jan 1, 2009 - the present).

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 07:47 PM

11. Well, that narrows it down to a whole helluva bunch of Republicans

and their voters ...

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 07:52 PM

12. Krauthammer. Heh.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 09:36 PM

13. They're not imbeciles; they're professional con-artists.

FOX Newsers knew very well that Hillary wasn't faking it, but they lied about it anyway to push their usual anti-Democrat agenda.

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