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Shorter Geraghty: Hillary didn’t fall on her sword
(nor have other Obama administration officials who have taken responsibility)

In a column today in the New York Post, the National Review‘s Jim Geraghty doesn’t use the idiom that many incorrectly used to describe Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s claim to take “responsibility for the failure to secure our facilities and personnel in Libya”, but he does address why that idiom just doesn’t work in those circumstances.

For it to work, as I have argued, Mrs. Clinton would have had to suffer consequences for her acknowledgement.  And in her case, there was, Geraghty writes, “no word on any actual consequence of” her failure.  Indeed, few in this administration face any consequences when they verbally take responsibility:,

Tim Geithner, who failed to pay more than $40,000 in taxes over a four-year period is still Treasury secretary, and earlier this year we learned that 36 Obama aides owe $833,000 in back taxes.

* After a loud public outcry, Obama said he “took responsibility” for themillions in bonuses paid to AIG executives as part of the bailout. Of course, the bonuses remained.

Discussing the national debtin Virginia on Aug. 6, 2009, Obamasaid, “I don’t mind being responsible. I expect to be held responsible for these issues, because I’m the president.” We’ve added $4.4 trillion in new debt since he said those words.

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9 Comments

  1. Alas, in this morally-flexible world perhaps only the Yakuza understand “taking responsibility” and the meaning of “offering an apology “.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — October 18, 2012 @ 2:24 pm - October 18, 2012

  2. Dan,

    Did Geithner ever settle up as a requirement to assume the position. If he still owes, his salary should be attached until he´s paid in full. Afterall, that´s what the IRS would do to you. It did it to me for an error.

    Comment by Roberto — October 18, 2012 @ 2:26 pm - October 18, 2012

  3. To take responsibility means they have to resign. No one did. Thus, the public must force the issue. Fire them all.

    Comment by anon322531 — October 18, 2012 @ 4:31 pm - October 18, 2012

  4. I went through a nightmare a few decades back with the IRS. Thank goodness the claim was only six years old and I still had documents in the file cabinet. It’s never really over though, just when you think you finally have banished them another notice turns up in the mail.

    Comment by Richard Bell — October 18, 2012 @ 5:44 pm - October 18, 2012

  5. I still think SnObama’s making a big mistake trying to pin Benghazi on Shrillary. Ol’ Bubba won’t take too kindly with anyone messing with her political future.

    In fact, I guaranted you – here and in writing – that between now and Election Day, Bill and/or Hillary Clinton will find some way to sandbag SnObama at the last minute, thereby preventing him from getting a second term.

    Count on it.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — October 18, 2012 @ 6:06 pm - October 18, 2012

  6. What bothers me most is the double standard. Had it been President Bush’s aides negligent for almost a million bucks in taxes or Condoleezza Rice failing to secure a US facility resulting in loss of life, or President Bush being responsible for millions in corporate bonuses from government bail-out money… I just think that the media and the liberals would be behaving much differently about these issues.

    Comment by victorinvermont — October 18, 2012 @ 6:07 pm - October 18, 2012

  7. victorinvermont

    ¨Tthe liberals would be behaving much differently..¨ is an understatement. They´d be absolutely ravenous and dedicating reams of newsprint and hours of broadcast time demanding Bush´s scalp, and urging the Senate and House both to hold investigations with en eye towards impeachment.

    Comment by Roberto — October 18, 2012 @ 7:37 pm - October 18, 2012

  8. This whirling verbal pivot is an insult to Cato the Younger – who really did fall on his sword – in real Roman Africa (modern Tunisia).

    Comment by Jeremayakovka — October 19, 2012 @ 10:14 am - October 19, 2012

  9. Oh where is the Operative when we need him?
    The Operative: You know, in certain older civilized cultures, when men failed as entirely as you have, they would throw themselves on their swords.
    Dr. Mathias: Well, unfortunately, I forgot to bring a sword.
    Dr. Mathias: [as the Operative pulls out his sword] I would put that down right now if I were you.
    The Operative: Would you be killed in your sleep, like an ailing pet?

    Comment by The_Livewire — October 19, 2012 @ 1:36 pm - October 19, 2012

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