'This Week' Powerhouse Roundtable II

Bill Kristol, David Remnick, Peggy Noonan, and Tavis Smiley discuss Hillary Clinton and 2016.
5:19 | 06/01/14

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All of us face hard choices in our lives. Some face more than their share. We have to decide how to balance the demands of work and family. Caring for a sick child or an aging parent, figuring out how to pay for college. Finding a good job and what to do if you lose it. Whether to get married or stay married. That was the first leak of Hillary Clinton's memoir, "Hard choices." Beginning at this week. We're back with the roundtable right now. David remnick, not very coy here -- everything. This kind of book has been happening since the days of Andrew Jackson, these are not books of such, they're products. Look at the difference between Barack Obama's first book and the second one, that's kind of a modulated product to roll out the possibility of a presidential campaign. The task of this book, I think, in large measure of Hillary Clinton, is both to embrace her time of secretary of state with president Obama. Very quietly on the distancing. They actually hired one of president Obama's former deputy press secretaries. Bill kristol, that also followed a classic strategy of getting the bad news out first with the chapter of benghazi. Huge political campaign. They're polling it. What they should talk about. The difference, good example, that book, even the second book was way inferior to the first, book, it was a forward-looking book, like my agenda for America. I think was problematic for her. She'll get the publicity. She'll putting out her account of four years. That were extensively questioned. People are going to go through every single chapter, wait a second, you said you do this in the middle east. Why did you leave out this particular encounter? I think she's giving a lot of -- Does she have any alternative? Well, she -- it's probably a good idea for her in some respects to be getting her hands around her vision of being secretary of state and offer a template by which you can understand what she did or was frustrated by, what's most interesting to me about the benghazi sections that have been leaked, is that it seems to me she's looking for a fight, the tone is defiant and I think defensive. She's looking for a fight, she's saying to the republicans who have been questioning her, hey, you're kind of dancing on the grave of four dead a in order to make partisan gains.cc1: At first, why does she want that fight? Then, I thought, she wants that fight now. It's 2014. She would like it to be old news. So by the end of 2015, she want to be able to say, haven't we discussed this enough already? George, to watch republicans chomping at the bit because they want her to be the nominee while nipping at her heels every single day. That's number one. That dichotomy is interesting for me. They want her to be the nominee. I do not believe that a coronation with all due respect to Hillary Clinton, as the democratic party nominee is good for the party and good for the American people. But thirdly, another investigation spending more taxpayer money on benghazi to find out the stuff we already know. Just to make political hay over Hillary Clinton isn't the west use of political taxpayer money. When this same party went get serious about the investigation about anybody on Wall Street that pushed this country to the brink of economic collapse and nobody's in jail today. We're going to waste more taxpayer money on another benghazi investigation. Bipartisan investigation in 2008. Wait. They control the senate. They should investigate what Tim geithner did. They should investigate the people who were part of the crisis in 2008 who ended up in very cushy positions in the Obama administration. I disagree with Tavis in one respect, that republicans want to run against Hillary. I think they would like to take a much bigger swing at a Walter -- or whoever it might be. Practically the same thing. Practically the same thing in the republican view. Hillary is a very strong candidate. Her history has been come over so thoroughly. But I think they want to run against a person they think they know than the person -- We got to go. I think bill said it, she has to get to future not the past. Watch Diane sawyer's exclusive interview with Hillary Clinton a week from Monday. Up next, the firestorm over

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