Hillary's 'victory' lap

On Friday night, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was feeling so confident about reaction to her testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi that she ventured into the lion's den — of Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show.

Of course it was only her spin team and her allies in the mainstream media that were exalting over her "performance" before the committee, and doing so despite the fact that much of the most damning testimony (and facial reactions, ill-timed laughter and head-in-hand moping) had in fact not gone her way.

The hundreds of unanswered pleas for security; the large stack of Hillary's email loving the Libyan War in 2011 and the little stack demonstrating her indifference to it once the calendar turned 2012 and she had what she thought was a campaign plank bolted down; the epic access accorded the sketchy Sid Blumenthal and the walling-off of Chris Stevens; and, of course, the email to Chelsea on the night of the Benghazi attack, stating it had been an "al Qaeda style terrorist attack" — not a video-inspired mob — all will haunt her. (Was Chelsea cleared to receive that news, by the way? An inconvenient question, that, given Gen. David Petraeus' conviction for sharing classified information.)

On Friday on my radio show, Bob Woodward compared Hillary to Richard Nixon in an unflattering way. Read the transcript and you will understand.

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