If Cleopatra was the queen of the Nile, Hillary Clinton must be the queen of denial.

What’s more, her amazing retort to pressing questions about what really happened in Libya suggests she is also the queen of nihilism – right up there with Freddie Mercury.

That’s my conclusion after a few more days of ruminating over her response to questions about Benghazi-gate – words that should serve as her political epitaph.

“What difference does it make?”

It reminds me of another Queen – actually the final refrain of “Bohemian Rhapsody” by the rock group Queen:

Nothing really matters
Anyone can see
Nothing really matters
Nothing really matters to me

What difference does it make?

Obviously how and why Americans died in Libya doesn’t make any difference to her.

That’s what she told the Senate investigators. After months of stalling testimony because it might affect the presidential election, because she caught the flu and because she hit her head, this was the best Hillary had to offer.

I just can’t get over it.

“What difference does it make?”

Imagine if the culprits behind Watergate tried that defense – the what-difference-does-it-make defense? Do you suppose that dog would have hunted?

But more to the point, this non-rhetorical question by Hillary says a lot about her character, her ethics, her mindset.

When Hillary’s ox is being gored by legitimate probing questions awaiting long overdue answers, she can’t understand why any of it makes any difference. But we all know Hillary would never accept the what-difference-does-it-make defense from one of her political adversaries.

This is really the story of Hillary’s entire public life:

  • What difference does it make if I married a philandering moral reprobate?

  • What difference does it make how Vincent Foster died or why his body was moved after he did?
  • What difference does it make if FBI papers were found in my office during the Clinton administration?
  • What difference does it make if I fired everyone in the White House Travel Office and replaced them with my personal cronies?
  • What difference does it make if I made a fortune on others’ losses in Whitewater?
  • What difference does it make whether her Rose Law Firm was run like a racketeering operation?
  • What difference does it make if there wasn’t a shred of truth to my imaginative narrative about a “vast right-wing media conspiracy” out to get me and my husband?
  • What difference does it make if my top personal aide has deep connections to the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood?

Nothing really matters to me.

Stuff happens.

Hillary is either the queen of nihilism, or she just plain ran out of excuses for how she performed her role in Benghazi-gate.

What difference does it make? It’s over and done with. Why should we bother probing the details of a failed policy that led to the needless deaths of Americans including an ambassador? Why should we ever look backward. There’s nothing we can do about it now.

That is, in fact, what Hillary tried to suggest in that committee hearing.

And I can’t believe more observers have not made more of this stunning response.

Would any Republican official ever, anywhere get away with the what-difference-does-it-make defense?

Would the inner Torquemada in Hillary ever let that kind of an answer slide?

I’m sure she must have been listening to “Bohemian Rhapsody” just before she entered that Senate hearing room.

Thank goodness Sen. Rand Paul put her in her place by saying what he would have done were he president and his secretary of state performed so badly, so irrationally, so ineptly.

Had she been serving a president who actually cared about people, as Obama always claims, she would have been unceremoniously dumped – unless, of course, he was equally culpable.

I guess nothing really matters to Barack Obama either – as long as they’re singing the same tune.

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