Hillary Clinton, asleep at the switch

John has done a great job analyzing Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi emails. His posts are here and here. I urge you to read both of them.

Here’s an additional item that caught my eye. On September 15, 2012 — just four days after the Benghazi attacks — Monica Hanley, a Clinton aide, sent an email to Hillary at 9:17 a.m. telling her that senior White House official Dan Pfeiffer “has some sensitive items that he would like to personally show you when he arrives.”

At 10:43 — almost an hour and a half later — Clinton responded that she “just woke up so i missed Dan. Could he come back after finish my calls?”

Hillary Clinton comes across at times as a bit sluggish, especially compared to young potential Republican opponents like Marco Rubio, who has hammered home the point that Clinton represents “yesterday.” Sleeping until almost 11:00 a.m., and thereby missing a briefing (apparently on Benghazi), reinforces this perception.

During the 2008 campaign, Clinton attacked Barack Obama’s capacity to respond wisely to a 3:00 a.m. emergency call. In 2016, opponents might question whether Hillary will be able to rouse herself merely to answer important calls made at a much more reasonable time of day.


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