Hillary Clinton has never been very good at managing things (e.g. Hillarycare, her own campaign), so we shouldn’t be surprised there are multiple State Department scandals (e.g. Benghazi itself, interference with other investigations, sexual assaults and prostitutes).
Hillary Clinton has never been with the hard left on foreign policy so we shouldn’t be surprised she is now on the wrong side as far as progressives are concerned on the NSA. (“Both Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden, having served in the Obama administration, could face a backlash from a war-weary party base. Clinton in particular has experience with outrage from progressives over her initially hawkish stand on the Iraq War.”)
Hillary Clinton never had a coherent vision on foreign policy so we shouldn’t be surprised that so many of her endeavors (the “peace process,” “Russian reset,” Libya-Benghazi, Syria and Iran) either ended in disaster or are now turning into debacles.
Hillary Clinton has played loose with the facts before so we shouldn’t be surprised that her words (including “What difference does it make?”) are coming back to haunt her on Benghazi.
It isn’t like the left doesn’t have liberals without Clinton’s record of bungles who could conceivably lead their party. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley are only a few. Somewhat less liberal but hauling less baggage is New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. And then there is always New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (an ideologically liberal who could easily run as a Democrat) who has thrilled the left with support for the Ground Zero mosque, gun control, anti-global warming initiatives and his plethora of his attacks on smoking, big sugary drinks and trans-fat that make Michelle Obama seem like a libertarian. (And Bloomberg could self-finance.)
In short, Clinton’s presidential aspirations have hinged on two assumptions: Dems would want a “third Obama term” and there are no other alternatives. If neither turns out to be true, and reliving at age 69 (in 2016) Benghazi and all her other flubs aren’t so appealing, it may be that Bill will be the only Clinton to reach the White House. It’s early but the events of the last month or so serve to illustrate how fast the political dynamic can shift.