Paul Greenberg

Leave it to the ever-articulate Camille Paglia, who's not only a classicist but an exemplar of pagan eloquence at its sharpest, to sum up Hillary Clinton's eminent qualifications as the next Democratic nominee for president of the United States.

Miss Paglia has a tongue you could cut a hedge with, as the Irish say. And this is what she said about Hillary Clinton in an interview with Salon.com posted last week, after she'd begun by describing the putative Democratic presidential nominee as having "more sooty baggage than a 90-car freight train":

"And what exactly has she ever accomplished -- beyond bullishly covering for her philandering husband? She's certainly busy, busy and ever on the move -- with the tunnel-vision workaholism of someone trying to blot out uncomfortable private thoughts.

"I for one think it was a very big deal that our ambassador was murdered in Benghazi. In saying 'I take responsibility' for it as secretary of state, Hillary should have resigned immediately. The weak response by the Obama administration to that tragedy has given a huge opening to Republicans in the next presidential election. The impression has been amply given that Benghazi was treated as a public-relations matter to massage rather than as the major and outrageous attack on the U.S. that it was.

"Throughout history, ambassadors have always been symbolic incarnations of the sovereignty of their nations and the dignity of their leaders. It's even a key motif in King Lear. As far as I'm concerned, Hillary disqualified herself for the presidency in that fist-pounding moment at a congressional hearing when she said, 'What difference (at this point) does it make what we knew and when we knew it, senator?' "

Camille Paglia hasn't forgotten what happened to our people at Benghazi, and what happened afterward as this administration did everything but tell the truth about it. The American people shouldn't forget, either. I certainly don't intend to. Ever.


Paul Greenberg

Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Greenberg, one of the most respected and honored commentators in America, is the editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.