A favorite and particularly trolling question that conservatives love to pose to Hillary Clinton supporters is: Name one of her accomplishments as Secretary of State.
But while that question is knowingly baiting, it touches on a very real issue as Hillary 2016 discussions intensify. The 1990's might be old news, but Clinton's tenure at the State Department is in the very recent past. Republicans believe it can be a powerful tool in their mounting campaign to undercut a Hillary 2016 bid before it actually starts. That could be a tall order: It was her time at State that sent Clinton's approval ratings soaring. But the other side sees an opening.
"Clearly, the State Department record is both more timely and has not been scrutinized as closely," Tim Miller, executive director of America Rising PAC, which is dedicated to combatting Hillary 2016, told TPM, "So in that sense, I think that gives us more opportunities to highlight her failures and it will drive more of the discussion."
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