Clinton garners respect; McCain, Paul, not so much

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“If I had been President I would have relieved you of your post!” retired Congressman Ron Paul’s son, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Benghazi, Libya.

Some Americans might agree with the always-clairvoyant younger Paul’s rant, but I suspect many more Americans wish Ron had been able to teach his son some respect for his superiors.

There was another attack dog waiting to trash the Secretary of State; the leader of the pack and  recently rejected presidential candidate, John McCain, who leveled a vitrolic volley charging incompetence and questioning the secretary’s veracity.

After the Senate finished, the House took their turn, all to no avail.

The Secretary of State’s performance displayed qualities the whole world admires in her: toughness, sensitivity and intellect.

Sadly, Sens. McCain and Paul’s performances left another blemish on the Party of Lincoln.

Must these “loose cannons” continue to be a drag on the prospects of the Republican Party in the 2014 mid-term elections?

Party leaders must soon ask, “Who will rid us of these troublesome senators?”

B.J. Gillum