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Liberal Blogger: ‘How Dare You Smear Hillary by Quoting Her Accurately!’

Posted on | January 23, 2013 | 68 Comments

Sen. Ron Johnson asked a question about Benghazi and Hillary Clinton said this: “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

I’m not making this up. You can check the transcript or watch the video. She said it. But it is so wrong for anyone to quote that sentence:

But, of course, the ripped-from-context quote is “What difference, at this point, does it make?” It’s already being seized on by National Review and Fox News and The Wall Street Journal and The Weekly Standard and Glenn Beck’s Blaze and Michelle Malkin’s Twitchy and the Free Beacon and, of course, Breitbart. There’s already a popular hashtag, #whatdifferencedoesitmake. . . .
Will the wingers be able to turn this decontextualized soundbite into a deceptive sign of Secretary Clinton’s indifference?
This is an Andrew Breitbart/James O’Keefe tactic, but its use is not limited to O’Keefe and the carriers of the Breitbart torch — this is a mainstream GOP tactic.

Quoting what a Democrat says is a tactic! An Andrew Breitbart/James O’Keefe tactic! A mainstream GOP tactic!

The point seems to be: Anything that is bad for Democrats is wrong. These unfair “tactics” include (a) direct quotes, (b) facts and (c) math.

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  • DarthKeller

    You forgot “racist” as well. We all know that quoting Hillary is racist.

  • Adjoran

    Saw this over at Legal Insurrection, spotted in Virginia:


    Get it right man not racist ,sexist.Get your indignation correct

  • SteveAR

    Think about it; Hillary is the husband of the first “black” President. So DarthKeller is right, quoting Hillary accurately will be called racist, as well as sexist.


    I stand corrected so racist and sexist for the win

  • WJJ Hoge

    This insistence on accurately citing what actually happened and quoting what really was said is just going to aggravate your false consciousness, McCain.

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  • JohnYuma

    She’s saying since they are gone, shutup about why. Essentially “Who cares what happened, because they are already gone…” Like not holding a murderer accountable because the victim is gone.

  • Ralph Otte

    Like I posted on twitter, in essence, what difference does it make if 4 people are dead in a car as a result of a driver running a red light/stop sign, if the driver had been drunk, or if they were stopped and a crazy shot all 4 and killed them? They’re all dead, regardless of how. So, our laws must know be made equal as to punishment, no involuntary, no manslaughter, no 1st degree/2nd degree. According to Hillary, it doesn’t matter what caused their deaths, they’re all dead. It doesn’t matter if the cause were a video, racially, religiously motivated, or incompetence on the part of the State Dept and its leaders or even higher up, what difference does it make, they’re all dead. She obviously bumped her head way too hard.

  • SnedDren

    The context is even more illuminating. She said what difference does it make, we’re trying to make sure this never happens again. How on earth do you stop something from happening again if you don’t figure out how it happened in the first place?

  • Declan Davies

    We lied about how they died. But, like they’re dead? So, what evs.

  • Paul Hogue

    They couldn’t all miss the point any more…

  • Sigivald

    In fairness, a perfectly accurate quote, out of context, can be utterly misleading.

    And yes, that is a “tactic”. “Being completely honest and scrupulous” is also a “tactic” – one that sacrifices immediate potential gains from lack of scruple for long-term trust, for instance.

    And in even more fairness, the context, from the transcript, does ameliorate it a bit. (It doesn’t really matter, at the highest level, whether it was “a protest” or not, and the rest of her paragraph in response is perfectly valid.)

    Problem is, “what difference does it make?” is a bit rich when the US government was pushing the ‘it was protests’ line for… what, weeks? And the guy who made the video is … still in jail, isn’t he?

    The Secretary of State ought to at least mention those inconvenient facts, say the first was a ghastly error [at best], and that the second is completely wrong.

    Of course, she won’t.

  • robbins_mitchell

    Because “at this point”,Rodham and the Dems are knee deep in their own donkey $h!t

  • Scott Harrison

    Sounds like an argument that the murderer would make.

  • Ralph

    At what point would it have made a difference to Hillary to know for sure what happened? At what point is a reference to time, something that is important in her comment. At that point (9/11) it was important to have a quick response, therefore Susan Rice. Now, with the election behind us, what does it matter?

  • Dave

    This incident brought this to mind:
    T. S. Eliot’s poem “The Portrait of a Lady” has an excerpt from The Jew of Malta:

    “Thou hast committed/ Fornication: but that was in another country,/ And besides, the wench is dead.”

  • zipity

    “Shut up, she explained…”

    That’s what she really meant. But it was heartfelt and spontaneous. That’s why she was reading from the script in front of her…

    Clinton’s are all lying scumbags. Always have been. Always will be.

  • Melissa Feagins

    And why should I believe you want to stop it from happening again when you chose not to act to stop it while it was happening the first time?

    It’s rich that people who use the line “if it saves just one life, it’s worth it” wouldn’t even use some jet fuel to scare the fecal material out of the people firing the mortars at our consulate.

  • Ferdinand Chetler

    What’s even better than her article are the commenters. They sure are an angry bunch of little trolls!

  • Rob Crawford

    Their sainted Michael Moore spliced together partial lines from two of Charlton Heston’s speeches to slander him and the NRA. The left has no room to talk.

  • blofeld42

    I think it matters to the film maker guy who got tossed into a US jail.

  • sebagp

    It makes me sick that there are people like that in this country.

  • ThomasD

    It’s like the Obama Administration is the cast from River’s Edge

  • timmaguire

    “Out of context” seems to be a get out of jail free card for liberal partisans. They rarely, if ever, bother to explain how the context changes the meaning.

  • Deoxy

    Sounds like an argument the de-facto murderer

    DID make.

  • jdkchem

    In context does not make Hildebeast’s comment any better.

  • Joe-L

    What do YOU know about Feck?

  • tweek

    The difference is: If Benghazi had happened under a Republican administration the media would have been calling for heads and would not have kept this hidden away to reelect their golfer in chief. But it happened under a Democratic administration so no worries. water under the bridge, coulda/shoulda/woulda, there was a game on TV, I had cramps, it interfered with my Tee time.

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  • Turning Leaves

    Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator.

    That paragraph is just incoherent. If your job is to “figure out what happened” then your job is to answer the question of whether it was “because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk,” and therefore it makes a difference. If you’re competent at your job, that is.

  • Bill Gryan

    I think it’s harmful to the environment as well. How could you guys be so insensitive to forget that?

  • Neo

    Hey, children died at Sandy Hook … “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

    To make the argument, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”, at an oversight hearing is like saying that the laws really don’t matter anywhere so why should be ever try to “fix” them.
    And YES, expect to hear this line tossed her way for … ever.

  • DarthKeller

    Sexist, racist, chauvinist, Fordist… I get called so many “ists” that it’s hard to keep up.

    Please don’t send me to the camps. I’ll learn. I’ll do better next time. Just please don’t send me to the camps!

  • DarthKeller

    ** And by “Fordist” I mean “one who thinks Ford vehicles are the best”, not a fan of Gerald Ford… I’m too young to know of his presidency, so I can be neither fan or not to Gerald Ford.

  • jsn2

    Experienced in dodging responsibility and avoiding prosecution, Hilary comes up with “What difference does it make” about the who, why and how of the death of Americans in Libya on her watch. It’s good enough for the media so she’ll skate.

  • Pompus

    Remember that to Bathhouse Barry dead Americans are at worst mere “bumps in the road to revenge on my enemies.”

  • rightactions

    Took a while, but eureka!

  • Politix Fireball

    This administration is sinking lower and lower. What happened to the REAL America?

  • K-Bob

    Soon math will be banned, so they have that problem nipped in the bud. I was at the math store just today, and they are already running low on decimal versions of eighths. Not a single .125 to be seen. Still a few .875’s though. Almost nobody ever needs 7-eighths of anything.

  • Ronin

    Good God. They really have no shame at all.

  • Steven Thompson

    I have never seen a more disgusting and reprehensible attitude in my life.
    If this whole mess was not treasonous, I don’t know what is…

  • Donald Sensing

    Ladies and gentlemen, I give you . . . Secretary of State Alfred E. Neumann.

  • Michael Openshaw

    MSNBC actually headlined that quote- for a couple hours, before taking it down when someone realized how bad that sounded. Wish I’d screencaptured it.

  • Brad Bettin

    If it makes no difference now, why did it make so much difference then?

    To ask the question is to answer it.

  • CPAguy

    I have no problem with Fordism.

  • Quartermaster

    We need to turn BILLYDEVO over to the NKVD so he may be properly reeducated. They’ll teach him a lesson he’ll never have to remember.

  • ss396

    Perhaps some out of context ‘binders of women’ could help explain this?

  • MissTrixieB

    Time for Hilary to get a good lawyer and negotiate a good plea agreement for telling the TRUTH and letting the Obumble chips fall where they may.