Rich Galen

On Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified on Capitol Hill about what she knew and when she knew it about the Benghazi attacks.

I am a huge fan of Secretary Clinton. I thought she was a great Senator for New York (note, please, she was not the Senator from Georgia or Texas); and I thought she presented the U.S. in an excellent light when she traveled the world as Secretary of State.

But. It was no secret that Members of the House and Senate committees have been rubbing their hands in anticipation of her testimony. That testimony was delayed when she fainted, fell down, bunked her head, and ended up in the hospital.

The Obama Administration owes Mrs. Clinton a lot for carrying its water at State. Moreover President Obama personally owes former President Bill Clinton an enormous debt for jumping into the recent campaign and (at least publicly) wholeheartedly supporting Obama's re-election bid.

So, what did the White House do to partially pay off it's bills? They had Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announce - maybe as Secretary Clinton was testifying - that he was rescinding the rule against women serving in combat roles.

As the comms people at the White House knew it would, the Panetta announcement diluted - if not completely rinsed out of the public discussion - Hillary Clinton's testimony.

The Clintons may not have burned the mortgage they hold on the Obama's, but they know there has been a serious pay-down.

As someone who has spent most of his adult life in this arena, I can only stand and shout Bravo!.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at