By Henry Decker

WATCH: Karl Rove’s SuperPAC Targets Hillary Clinton With Benghazi Attack Ad

May 10, 2013 1:25 pm Category: Memo Pad, Politics 53 Comments A+ / A-

The Republican Party’s obsession with turning the attack against the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi into a Watergate-level scandal may not have paid any dividends in the 2012 presidential election, but that won’t stop them from trying again in 2016.

Karl Rove’s SuperPAC, American Crossroads, has released an inflammatory attack ad targeting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in what will surely be the first of many misleading attempts to ground Clinton’s hypothetical presidential campaign before it even begins.

The ad, titled simply “Benghazi,” splices together the testimony of former State Department employee Gregory Hicks with Clinton’s testimony in April and various news clips, to reach the completely unsubstantiated claim that Clinton participated in a “cover-up.”

The ad, which is just the latest example of the GOP’s decades-long pattern of scandal-trolling the former First Lady, provides a clear template for the attacks that will be leveled against Clinton if she does choose to seek the White House in 2016.

It is also deeply misleading, presenting a long list of half-truths and baseless speculation as rock-solid evidence that Clinton is engaged in a cover-up (though what, exactly, she supposedly hoped to gain from her obfuscation remains unspecified.)

Whether the “Benghazi cover-up” line of attack will actually damage Clinton’s status as the overwhelming front-runner to succeed President Barack Obama remains unclear. Republicans tried the same line of attack against Obama — starting with Mitt Romney’s universally-panned statement just hours after the attacks, and continuing with weeks of similarly overheated rhetoric — only to see the president easily re-elected. Adding insult to injury, Obama became the first Democratic presidential candidate in three decades to out-poll his Republican opponent on foreign policy — a feat that he presumably could not have pulled off if the Benghazi hysteria had made an impact with voters.

Furthermore, American Crossroads’ pathetic 1.29 percent return on investment on its $103,559,672 of political spending in the 2012 campaign casts serious doubt on its ability to drive the narrative in the next election.

So while the right wing can — and almost certainly will — continue trying to turn Benghazi into the scandal that keeps Hillary Clinton out of the White House, in reality their effort seems just as likely to fail as Fast & Furious, Solyndra, and all of the other manufactured “scandals” that came before it.

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  • AdamMos

    Other than a few thousand Fox viewers nobody believes this crap.There was so much hype leading up to the whistle blower testimony and nothing happened. What a joke! Petreas the Republican General has already testified that the talking points were scrubbed by the CIA for national security reasons and to protect the validity of the pending investigation. The Republican party is quickly fading into obscurity and are acting in complete desperation. I cannot wait until Nov 2014.

    • lindaspy

      Exactly,,,and Rove was the one who said if Hillary run for President there would be not a person in the republican party that could beat her,,so it goes,,he will continue to find anything to attack her

      • plc97477

        Since rove has a very low percentage of people he helped in the 2012 I say we should welcome his help.

    • Fred Diniz

      I am not sure about that Adam, our country has become a minefield of ‘tunnel vision’ folks.. who, much like when rooting for their preferred football team, view political factions as a competitive sport, rather than the benefit of the country or its people at large. Some choose to see and justify their views as the ‘good’ one… until they understand that and change their core beliefs, they will continue to blunder in the dark, much like a child, unwilling to listen to reason and holding on to what they can to stay afloat. Rather unfortunate.. imagine if they decided to work together instead of creating divisionism? How much better our country would be.. I used to be a republican, but couldn’t do it anymore.. its becoming a cult rather than a human gathering of minds..

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Stoll/100000621443352 Michael Stoll

      Nothing happened …just a bump in the road right ? Just because your media is running cover doesn’t mean that more and more Americans will not come forth and more and more Americans with the ability to think independently will not find out . the thought that you believe 4 dead Americans doesn’t warrant a thing from you shows that you will usurp you own morals and ethics out of cult like devotion for people with no morals and ethics …sweet mother of sheep

      • http://www.facebook.com/robert.robertson.sr Robert P. Robertson

        Mister Stoll, I would ike to know what our president would have possibly gained from “cover up” of a terroristic attack on the consulate at Benghazi? What would Mrs. Clinton and Mrs. Rice possibly gain by attempting to hide an attack on a U.S. facility that killed American citizens which would have been international news the very next day? I’m not attempting to sway you or change your mind in any way. I’m only trying to follow your train of thought on this. Can you answer, please?

        • cats33

          Your President is in deep dodo: )

          • http://www.facebook.com/robert.robertson.sr Robert P. Robertson

            lana, stop hiding behind that mask. We can see you. . . Okay, we can still see you.

      • AdamMos

        The media is to report the news. Your whistle blowers have nothing to say. More will come forward?To say what? This train has officially left the building. Time for you fools to create another conspiracy. Another one regulated to the round file.Let me help you. Hillary Clinton is really from Venus.

    • cats33

      It’s true , believe. Greg Hicks is a democrat. He voted both times for Obama. And now all of this IRS bullsh*t, you better hang on

  • lindaspy

    This is how Rove works,,,,he is scum of the earth and should be in jail

  • ObozoMustGo

    Excellent advertisement from the has-been Rove. I suppose he’s still got a little bit of moxy left in him. Nice work, Karl.

    Just you leftist freaks wait for the primary. If Cankles has the balls to actually run after this fiasco, she will be challenged. And her challenger(s) in the DemonRAT primary is going eat her alive with Benghazi and “what difference does it make”. In fact, I would not doubt that some other DemonRAT with presidential ambition is one of those behind getting out the truth in order to take her down. Something to think about.

    Have a nice day!

    “4 Americans are dead. What difference, at this point, does it make how they were killed?” — Hillary “Wide Load and Cankles” Clinton lying and shilling to change the topic in front of a sham of a Congressional inquiry

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000239180439 Jody Kellar

      Your Pen name actually speaks for it’s self “Bozo” because that is exactly what you sound like; A clown. You have absolutely no idea, first of all what your talking about and second of all “if she does decide to run” the Dem’s will flock to the polls and stand in line for as long as we stood in line to vote for our present President. You Right-Wing-Tea-Baggers can sling all the mud you want, but IT WON’T STICK. Do you know why? Because we are all much to smart to believe the “Fox and Friends” hype. This is no cover up, there is NO smoking gun. If there were that Big Mouth Boehner would have had it already. Go on wasting time..

    • latebloomingrandma

      When your kind has nuthin’, then criticize a person’s appearance. So 7th grade!

      • ralphkr

        Actually, latebloominggrandma, from my recollection of Junior High so many decades ago I definitely recall that those boys who were most critical of the appearance of certain girls were the ones who did not have a ghost of a chance of getting a date with them. Since Bozo is evidently stuck in grade school thinking my bet is that he is just wishing that he could get a chick as hot as Hillary and really ticked off that he has no chance of scoring with any chick except via an exchange of currency.

        • http://www.facebook.com/robert.robertson.sr Robert P. Robertson

          or an inflatable one.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Crowe/100000688928840 Ben Crowe

      You people are addicted to denial. If Clinton even looks like she might possibly be up for a run for the WH there aren’t going to be any challengers to leave her reeling during the primaries. You guys have a monopoly on that crap. As far as “nice work, karl” is concerned, you’re also addicted to the joys of the echo chamber.

    • adriancrutch

      His cartoon is relevant in his dreams of becoming a artist…..

    • http://www.facebook.com/cookie.pacheco Cookie Pacheco

      She is correct. It makes no difference because they are dead and that is her point. Whether they were killed by someone passing by or a terrorist, they are still dead and that is what counts. She is concerned with their deaths and that is the bottom line.

      • ObozoMustGo

        Cookie… do the police say “what difference does it make after someone is murdered? NO! Can you imagine if the FBI or Boston Police said “what difference does it make” after the Boston Bombing? Can you image if someone on Fox News said “what difference does it make” after the Newtown, CT killings of children? What outcry, justifiably, would come from the rest of the world if they did say that? Benghazi is no different.

        You can go back to your crack pipe now, Cookie. It’s calling you. Can you hear it. Of course, you’ll have to remove your head from Obozo’s and Cankles Clinton’s a$$es to take your next hit, but you can stuff it back up there after you do.

        Have a nice day, and remain oblivious!

        “The difference between being stupid and being a fool: A stupid person at least has an idea about their own inadequacies. The fool is
        oblivious to them, and is more inclined to believe their own fantasies and lies as truth.” – ObozoMustGo

        • http://www.facebook.com/robert.robertson.sr Robert P. Robertson

          You stupid pussy, you had to look in the mirror to make that qoute. Its just like a clown with big red shoes, a round red nose, a ghostly white face, a big red sad mouth, and a horseshoe yellow wig.

          • plc97477

            I think I even pity that poor mirror.

        • jmprint

          Definiftion of ObozoMustGo: “The fool isoblivious to them, and is more inclined to believe their own fantasies and lies as truth.” –

    • http://www.facebook.com/robert.robertson.sr Robert P. Robertson

      Hey there, you cowardly little pussy. I thought i smelled fish when I got on this site. You’re not on the cartoon section today like a good clown should be? You’d better scamper back into the putrid vagina of Ayn Rand before someone discovers you’re out.

      • ObozoMustGo

        It’s Retard Robbie! You really are very clever……………………….. like a 10 year old…… clearly

        Have a nice day, Retard Robbie!

        “When angry, count four. When very angry, swear.” ― Mark Twain

        • http://www.facebook.com/robert.robertson.sr Robert P. Robertson

          You’re swinging on Mark Twain’s nuts now, huh? Scamper back in Ayn Rand’s decrepit vagina, clown.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Myers/100001512942781 Jim Myers

      “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.” G.W.Bush. How many people died because of Katrina? Oh, I get it. It didn’t matter, did it?

      • cats33

        Cry baby, cry. Your President and Clinton are in deep dodo, finally : )

        • plc97477

          Oh lana you are so funny. Time to adjust your foil hat.

        • http://www.facebook.com/robert.robertson.sr Robert P. Robertson

          lana, we still see you.

  • docb

    Go ahead, karl, waste more of the dirty dark repub baggers MONEY… Pissing off the electorate worked so well for you and the kocked up bros the last time..in 2012!

  • Susan Echevarria

    Jim Earl Sr. I assume you voted for the idiot Sanford who stole your hard earned money to get a piece and go on vacation also .

  • http://www.facebook.com/alfred.sonnenstrahl Alfred Sonnenstrahl

    Instead of targeting Hilary, despite her excellent performance as State Secretary, for remote possibility of a scandal on four American deaths, Karl should look into the cause of 15 American deaths at the West Fertilizer plant fire and/or at least 4,000 American deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

    • latebloomingrandma

      I’ve been waiting for when the hearings start on the fertilizer plant explosion which killed 15!!! Could the delay or lack of follow-up coverage and Fox News outrage have anything to do with a corporation? You know, the “people” who have lots of $$$? Who have no doubt bought the TX governor and legislature? Are 4 American lives worth more concern than 15?

      • cats33

        Your President is in deep dodo, finally : )

    • exdemo55

      14 They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace. 15 Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush. So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when I punish them,” says the LORD. 16 This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
      Jeremiah 6: 14-16

      • jmprint

        Your are describing the republicans to a Tee

        • exdemo55

          There is no discernment between political parties in that message. It is God’s word for us all.

          • jmprint

            15 Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all;

            like I sad sound like the republicans

    • plc97477

      He could also look into why baby bush ignored 4 warnings before the attack on 9-11-01.

  • AnnMarieCad

    I really don’t believe anything Rove, Koch brothers and GOP can do to damage Hillary Clinton. So damn fools that watch Fox might believe crap like this. But NO you cant tear her down. She’s good and to strong for them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Crowe/100000688928840 Ben Crowe

    Karl Rove was the dark force behind Dubya’s victories at the polls. If that weren’t enough to make a nation of patriots revile the jerk, just the memory of his meltdown into a puddle of fetid sweat on Fox (at the moment it became clear that the President had been reelected) should surely keep his PAC ads from having any impact on Clinton’s landslide in 3 years.

    • Bob Karpinski

      Right on Ben. Without Rove destroying all his opponents from Ann Richars in Texas, John McCain in SC, Gore and Kerry FL. and Ohio GWB would be fortunate to be elected dog catcher in some small Texas town. Rove a brilliant bastard at search and destroy with absolutely no conscience. I was pleased to see his obvious pain and shock in the last election. Rove right to the end believed Romney would win.Early senility or possibly some other pay back diseaset taking it’s toll.

  • adriancrutch

    Thanks! Herr Karl! He’s so relevant in the FWBP (fat white boys party). Hillary needs the push?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Stoll/100000621443352 Michael Stoll

    Any other President in American History would have been Impeached over this and Fast and Furious . ANY other President . No one wants to go after him for fear of bering non PC and labeled a racist . Doesn’t matter whether its the right thing to do even the Republicans are not going after him for an Impeachment YET . He should be on trial for treason for not releasing his documents and supplying aid to the Muslim Brotherhood as well as this stuff …On to Killary . She should be in a jail cell for treason . This proves she doesn’t have the morals or ethics to be Commander in Chief ..Let alone the judgement or commitrment it takes . She has now also proved that she will LIE to protect men in power over her . She allowed herself to be a doormat and to be used by her Hubby and she lied to protect Obama who during the 2008 campaign called her a Racist …You people are such hypocrites . Anyone who would vote for people like this is putting cult like devotion to failed people failed ideology and a failed Socialist platform over what is good for America just so they can say the Dems won again . If you do that you are not a real American .

    • http://www.facebook.com/robert.robertson.sr Robert P. Robertson

      Question, Mr. Stoll. President Obama is the President of these United States. What could our president possibly gain by covering up an alQaeda inspired attack on a U.S. Consulate by Libyan sympathizers which killed American diplomats and citizens? What could then Secretary Clinton or Susan Rice possibly gain from covering up an international incident that would have come to light anyway? I’ll be waiting for your answer, thank you.

      • plc97477

        I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you.

    • DurdyDawg

      It was your idiot butt crack Pub buddies who did this.. Had the Repugnants chosen a real human being instead of that waste of skin Mormon then maybe we’d be nagging about YOUR man doing terrible things in office.. Don’t you get it egghead? Politics are our enemy and not any one person.. You think Obama can snap his fingers and everybody on the hill will comply? If that were so the T-peers and neo-cons would be a minor useless voice as every thing Obama wanted would now be in operation.. It’s congress that decides.. it’s the military that decides and in all cases what they decide is used as “National Security” whether it’s actually true or not.. What Obama has to do is weigh the situation and hope his decision is the right one from the Intel his advisors and congress supplies him with else be accused of even more inactivity and wrong-doing. It was CONGRESS that refused to up security in Benghazi, to save those funds to further the Repugnant war effort (and probably give themselves a raise in salary).. what did you want Obama to do, over ride that decision? Yeah, that would have worked for all the Obama haters and had he done so and prevented the destruction, not one righty would have given him credit for this (except maybe Chris Christie) .. If you wanna get down and dirty then stop picking on one man, it’s our political industry that needs a complete overhaul, Obama is just the patsy (just like all other presidents that have been in situations like this) that you and other uninformed radicals blame when you don’t get your way.. The problem is, no matter what Obama does, you absolutely will not agree.

    • http://www.facebook.com/robert.robertson.sr Robert P. Robertson

      No answer, Mr. Stoll? I thought so.

    • jmprint

      Why don’t you tell us what your selling, that is good for Americans.

  • jointerjohn

    Destroy Hillery is going to be the GOP plan for the next three years. They have no candidate, they have no plan, and no strategy. Their plan is to ruin her. I think these stupid bastards will over-reach, make it plain that they are attempting to politically assassinate a woman, and thereby seal their own doom. I recall years ago when Carol Moseley Braun was running for the United States Senate and Clarence Thomas pissed off women in the State of Illinois. Republican women turned out enmass to vote for Carol. I saw the republican cross-over in my own home precinct that year. Hillery will get the same bounce if they persist in trying to slime her.

    Bring it on dirt-bags, our women are superior to your men.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Myers/100001512942781 Jim Myers

    Isn’t it about time for someone to dig into Karl’s personal life, and find out what kind of crap he is swimming in?

  • http://www.facebook.com/josephozgis.akomodi Joseph Ozgis Akomodi

    Karl Rove your smeared tactics would not work Hilary Rodham Clinton would be the next President of the United State. The GOPs must reformed their party if they want to have a bite in the Presidency. Gone are the days where the GOPs murdered sleep. Americans have wised up. We are not as stupid as you think. Come up with more factual attacks, this is purely nonsensical. How many Americans where killed under Bush for pre-empty war. You can all kiss my behind.

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