Republican operatives are as lost as last yearís Easter eggs when it comes to stopping Hillary Rodham Clinton. Itís two years from the presidential election, important 2014 elections are in front of us, and Clinton hasnít even decided whether she will run. But the well-oiled Republican attack industry has thrown everything at her but the kitchen sink.
Last week, the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee confirmed what weíve known all along: its most tried and most misleading attack, Benghazi, is baseless.
The committeeís two-year investigation-turned-political-shenanigan has further discredited right-wing conspiracy theorists. No deliberate wrongdoing occurred, there was no intelligence failure before the attack and no stand-down order was issued. Furthermore, Clinton took responsibility, took action and was fully transparent.
Now, the right is left with nothing. And yet they continue to try to mislead the American people.
Why would right-wing extremists devote their time, energy and money so far away from an election attempting to discredit someone who hasnít even decided to be a candidate? Itís as simple as apple pie: If Clinton runs, their agenda is in trouble.
They have to stop her in order to secure a shot at the presidency for themselves.
But their baseless and politically-motivated attacks on the tragedy in Benghazi havenít worked. They have been proved false time and time again. Truth rises; lies sink. In the course of our work, Iíve seen seven key themes emerge. I wanted to share them with you all.
1. Public opinion is much better for Clinton now than it was in 2008. The strength of Clintonís poll numbers now, compared to this time in the 2008 cycle, is astonishing. This widespread favorability extends outside the Beltway to Iowa and New Hampshire, where her favorability ratings with Democrats are 89 percent and 94 percent respectively.
2. Americans across the ideological spectrum are looking positively to a potential Clinton run. Republicans are trying every tactic in the book, even trying to convince Democrats that Clinton is not liberal enough. But only 6 percent of liberal Democrats donít think she should run for president.
3. Voters, specifically Democrats, are eager for her experience. If Clinton chooses to run, she will be the most qualified candidate in the modern history of the United States.
4. Clinton is in step with her party on core issues, particularly income inequality. While Republicans try to convince people that she doesnít connect with the liberal base on income inequality, her lifelong record and her own words tell us differently.
5. No credible challenger can amass the kind of broad party support Clinton has. The energy and excitement for Clinton is unprecedented. In all my years in politics, I have never seen such unified excitement for a single potential candidate, while the Republican field is anemic at best.
6. Voters are behind her, not just politicos. Whatís special about Clintonís broad support is that itís not just people inside the Beltway. Americans across the country have attended rallies, hosted house parties and donated small dollar amounts to Ready for Hillary. On her book tour, people have waited for hours, sometimes even overnight, just to see her, just to get a book signed.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.