Charles Lane: Hillary ‘Brimming with Confidence’ Before Benghazi Hearing

‘I think she feels very much hostile to the Republicans and they feel very hostile to her’

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CLINTON: “Well, in addition to the NRA, the health insurance companies, the drug companies, the Iranians, probably the Republicans.”

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WALLACE: “The Iranians and the Republicans. Chuck, afterwards Clinton said she was just kidding. Was she?”

LANE: “Well, I don't think so. I think she feels very much hostile to the Republicans and they feel very hostile to her. I think she -- what struck me there was the question is what's your one enemy? And she sort of hogged it and took five enemies. And if you really think about it, she's equating the NRA with the Iranians, and the health insurance companies with the Republicans and so on and so forth. But you know, the way that played on television, though, I think was a net plus for her because it was humor for her. She was smiling and she was relax and she was at ease. That was the nature of her performance all the way through that debate. I think she slayed a lot of dragons that evening that have been bothering her in this campaign. She comes into this Benghazi hearing on an up note, which just to go back to the Benghazi hearing, we shot she would become hounded and harassed. I think she comes in brimming with confidence. She's been handed a couple of unforced errors by Kevin McCarthy and company. And we've seen, another thing we’ve seen in hearings in the past, Brit, is where the witness somehow turns the tables on the committee. We’ve seen Ollie North do that, and I wouldn't be surprised if she's looking for a way to do that.”

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