Benghazi

Pompous Pompeo Asks Clinton for Advice

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

When former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sat down for an 11-hour interview with Congress, a significant portion of that interview was taken up by a man with a shit-eating grin who repeatedly asked Clinton the same questions in a failed effort to fluster her.

That man was Mike Pompeo.

According to Politico, Pompeo is now asking Hillary Clinton and others for advice ahead of his confirmation hearing.

As a sharply partisan Republican member of Congress, CIA Director Mike Pompeo tormented former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her response to the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, which Pompeo called “morally reprehensible.” He also once liked a tweet that branded her successor, John Kerry, a “traitor.”

But now that Pompeo faces a tough confirmation process to become secretary of state himself, he has reached out to Clinton and Kerry, as well as every other living occupant of the office, to ask for guidance. Clinton, for one, has been willing to help.

Hillary Clinton is a significantly more gracious person than I am so I have no doubt that she gave him the best advice possible.

I, on the other hand, would have told him to get fucked.

  • Draxiar

    As Bill Clinton would say, “that takes a lot of brass”. I too would have told him to go fuck himself.

  • Nefercat

    A nice compromise between being a too nice Democrat and a boorish jerk would be for Clinton to have told him she would of course help him and would get right back to him … lots of gracious heart-felt apologies and promises.

    • Christopher Foxx

      I hope she gives him advice that sounds helpful but which, when followed, would lead him him to torpedo his own hearing.

      The equivalent of “If your wife is made at you, reminder of how much you think of her as royalty. Say things like “Whatever to want, your Majesty”. That always works.”

  • Username1016

    The phrase “unmitigated gall” comes to mind… Hillary should have told him to get stuffed.

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  • muselet

    Erm, why would Mike Pompeo seek advice from someone he believes to be “morally reprehensible” and someone else he believes to be a “traitor”?

    Could it be that he—whisper it, lest the rubes hear—didn’t actually believe his own inflammatory rhetoric?

    Yeah, I’d have told Pompeo to take a hike, too, but that’s why nobody of consequence asks for my opinion.

    –alopecia

    • Wildson

      “Erm, why would Mike Pompeo seek advice from someone he believes to be “morally reprehensible” and someone else he believes to be a “traitor”?”

      Maybe that should be one of the first questions a Democratic Senator should ask him?

      Yeah I understand “being a better man/woman” but I would have told him to kiss my black ass 2 times…

      • Christopher Foxx

        Maybe that should be one of the first questions a Democratic Senator should ask him?

        That would be an excellent question to ask. And one any Senator who really wanted to assess Pompeo’s suitability would ask. Who he turns to for advice and why would be an important thing to know.

        Which means no Senator will ever ask it.

  • mnpollio

    And that is a problem. The Democrats are too classy and almost always take the high road. We need more that will tell Trump and the Rethuglicans to f*ck off.

    • muselet

      I respectfully disagree.

      I don’t want government to become a Barbed Wire Steel Cage Match, at least no more than it is already. I think democracy would be better served by our glorious news media acknowledging the asymmetrical radicalization of our politics than by Ds becoming as surly and vicious as the Rs.

      Just my €0.016.

      –alopecia

      • David Greenberg

        I like your concept, but I’m afraid reps only see this as weakness.

      • Christopher Foxx

        I’d like our media to do it’s job, too. But they haven’t been and saying Democrats should continue to let the Republicans go unchallenged out of some stupid sense of graciousness is foolish and damaging.

        Calling them on their shit and refusing to play along is not turning things into a “Cage Match”.
        It’s responsible adults telling the children in the room that their behavior will NOT be tolerated.