WOMEN
01/25/2013 11:30 am ET

Hillary Clinton Finally Has Permission To Be A Bitch

Watching Hillary Clinton testify before Congress yesterday, in what will probably be her last big act as secretary of State, all I could think was, The woman is bulletproof. After more than two decades in the public eye, she comes across — at long last — as a powerful, authentic, and authoritative leader, not some geeky girl striving to find her place at the cool kids' table. Plainspoken and emotional, but not defensive, Secretary of State Clinton talked about what she knew about the terrorist attacks on Benghazi, and when she knew it. And when Republican Senator Ron Johnson endeavored to pin the blame for insufficient or misleading public information about the attacks on her, she took him to school, clearly exasperated but never losing her cool. "Honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this," she said, "but the fact is people were trying their best in real time to get the best information." (The message between the lines: "When you are dealing with murderous terrorists in Libya, senator, then you can criticize.")

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