Benghazi Rope-A-Dope: Clinton Attacks McCarthy’s Gaffe In New Ad (VIDEO)
Hillary Clinton Attacks Select Committee In New Ad; McCarthy Whimpers, ‘I Didn’t Mean It!’
Muhammad Ali coined the term “rope-a-dope” for his tactic of letting his opponent pound him in a corner until he tired himself out, then finishing him off with a few haymakers to the face. Ali used this technique to devastating effect when he knocked out George Foreman in the Rumble in the Jungle in 1974.
Just as Ali absorbed his enemy’s blows until his attacker exposed a weakness he could exploit, Hillary Clinton has been battered by the Republican’s Benghazi Select Committee for over a year. But, just as House Speaker John Boehner retires, dopey Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy exhausted the assault by admitting it was purely political theater on Fox ‘News’ and on CNN. House Democrats are starting to fight back, threatening to release testimony that Republicans designated as secret, allegedly so that they could selectively leak it out of context. Now, the woman who would be a heavyweight champion is bouncing off the ropes, swinging for the knockout.
In a new ad entitled “Admit,” the Clinton campaign pounds Republicans with their own words.
The ad begins with the tagline, “The Republicans finally admit it.” It features a brief snippet of NBC reporting that McCarthy said the Committee was formed “to destroy Clinton’s candidacy,” while McCarthy walks briskly away from eager reporters. The ad heavily relies on McCarthy’s comments to Sean Hannity on Fox ‘News’:
“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi Special Committee, a Select Committee. What are her numbers today?”
The ad concludes by saying that the Republicans have spent “millions attacking Hillary” because she fights for everything they oppose, and she’ll never stop fighting for you.
Speaking to Fox ‘News,’ a visibly flustered McCarthy told Bret Baier:
“I want to be very clear about this;
“I wasn’t saying the Committee is political. That Committee is solely to get the truth out. What had happened within the truth, you found out about a server. So this Committee’s sole purpose is to find the truth why four Americans were killed that night. And that’s the work they’ve done. That’s the hearing they’ve done. They’ve been, they’ve been applauded by all sides of the aisle. So it’s never my intention to say that.”
Speaking about the Benghazi inquisition’s Chairman, Republican Trey Gowdy, McCarthy added:
“No one questions Trey’s integrity, or this Committee. It was never my intention to ever imply that this Committee was political, because we all know it is not. And it has one sole purpose. Let’s find the truth wherever the truth takes us.”
Despite McCarthy’s desperate protests, the questioning of the Committee’s integrity has begun in earnest. It seems that the truth has taken us to a point where the Republicans’ would-be House Speaker undermined their biggest effort to hobble Clinton’s candidacy.
McCarthy’s flailing on cable news is now as much about preserving his political career as it is about his version of ‘correcting’ the record. Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has recently popped up as a challenger to McCarthy’s bid for Speaker. Chaffetz is a conservative goon with a long track record of using committee witch hunts to bully enemies of the far right, ironically just as McCarthy’s whoopsie-daisy described. While calling McCarthy “a good guy,” Chaffetz backhanded him, saying, “We need a Speaker who speaks.” This was an unsubtle reference to McCarthy’s tendency to get tongue-tied and say unfortunate things.
As Boehner announced he was stepping down, the conventional wisdom was that Democrats would miss him the most. But if the Republicans are forced to choose between two hapless inquisitors, one who can’t help announcing the devious plot, and another who doesn’t know what a chart is, Republicans will soon long for the days of Boehner as Democrats gleefully pummel them for their mistakes.
Watch the Clinton campaign ad here:
Feature image via YouTube.
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Marc Belisle is the Reverb Press World Affairs Editor. He is a writer, activist and teacher. He has a Master’s degree in International Conflict Analysis from the Brussels School of International Studies. READ MORE BY MARC.