Diary

Hillary Clinton to officially announce WH run in front of Gowdy's Benghazi committee

Hillary Clinton has decided to formally announce that she is running for President while she is testifying in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

Clinton has repeatedly delayed the the official start of her campaign, and it has been believed that she had planned to kick it off sometime in April. When committee chair [mc_name name=’Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’G000566′ ] announced late last week that that he wanted Mrs. Clinton to appear before the committee no later than May 1st, her staff decided to combine the two events.

Bill Clinton was reportedly the one who originally came up with the idea. He thinks the best way to diminish the committee is to reinforce the idea that the entire investigation is a political stunt by Republicans to hurt his wife’s chances of winning in 2016.

What better way to do so than to transform the committee hearing into the ultimate political theater.

Hillary’s announcement, prior to this change of plan, was long expected, and as such wouldn’t have been that newsworthy. It would have been the usual carefully staged event, quite boring, and not getting that much media attention.

Now, however, it’ll be a whole new ball game.

Gowdy initially wanted Clinton to appear behind closed doors, believing that more could be accomplished absent the media spotlight.

Clinton is expected to refuse that request and demand that she be allowed to testify in an open hearing, under oath. She’ll say something like, “I have nothing to hide, and I want the American people to hear what I have to say.”

So now, imagine this scene, sometime in the next few weeks:

It’s 10AM, the committee is about to come to order. The hearing room is packed to the rafters. Every, and I mean every… TV network, including Comedy Channel , the Food Network, and House and Garden, is carrying it live.

Gowdy gavels  the hearing to order. He makes his usual calm, reserved, opening statement. He then turns to the ranking member, [mc_name name=’Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’C000984′ ] (who still has not decided if he is running for a Senate seat) who rambles on for 15 minutes about everything under the sun, while excoriating Republicans for the continuing political witch-hunt.

Gowdy somewhat sardonically thanks Cummings for his comments. He then  turns to Clinton, seated alone at the big witness table (her 9 lawyers are behind her, in the first row of seats) and says that as is customary, the witness will be sworn in. Hillary stands, raises her right hand, takes the oath. Gowdy then says that she is recognized for 5 minutes for her opening statement, and she may submit  additional remarks for the record.

Hillary stares at Gowdy, smiles, and says:

“Mr. Chairman, ranking member, and members of the committee. Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you, and the American people today, to announce that I AM HERE TO SAY THAT I AM A CANDIDATE FOR THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES....”

Yells!  Cries! Screams! Cheers! Tears! Room explodes!!!

Gowdy sits, stoically..for several minutes..not even attempting to gavel the room to order. Cummings is laughing, jumping up and down, high-fiveing all the Democrats  on the committee.

There is only one problem ( albeit a very small one) for Clinton with this scenario:

How to get the balloons and confetti inside the hearing room.

Author’s note: I originally intended to post this yesterday ( for obvious reasons) but my ISP was on the fritz..Hope you enjoy, though a tad belatedly.