Republicans should be having a harder time trashing Hillary Clinton if the press did their job reminding them of all times they praised her as Secretary of State. I’m shocked no one’s brought this up yet. So let's take a look at before Hillary become Secretary of State:
CNN: Republicans praised the prospect of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Sunday: Former Nixon and Ford Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said Clinton would be an “outstanding” selection - “She is a lady of great intelligence, demonstrated enormous determination and would be an outstanding appointment." Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn said “I think that she is well qualified. She does have a certain standing in the world that is required in order to be able to demand the respect from other countries to deal with issues that are going to be affecting not only us but other of our allies, our trading partners. And I think that she would be a well placed in that position.” Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona said “It seems to me she's got the experience, she's got the temperament for it," he said on Fox News Sunday. “She would be well-received around the world."
Bipartisan praise for Hillary Clinton as she moves on: Kind words are coming from everyone - including Republicans. Rep. Paul Ryan lauded both Hillary and Bill Clinton on NBC's Meet the Press, arguing, "Look, if we had a Clinton presidency, if we had Erskine Bowles as Chief of Staff of the White House or president of the United States, I think we would have fixed this fiscal mess by now. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the top-ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, took to "Fox News Sunday" to run interference on Hillary Clinton's behalf (about Benghazi) noting, "The deception around the Benghazi issue did not come from the State Department and on others...It was more of a White House political operative deception … not from the State Department."
Condoleezza Rice: “Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice said Clinton has done a ‘fine’ job. The problem isn’t Hilary Clinton, who’s great.” The Hill: Former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge said he always had “productive’” meetings with Sec. Clinton when he was in the Cabinet. Jeb Bush: ‘These efforts as a citizen, an activist, and a leader have earned Secretary Clinton this year’s Liberty Medal.’” Gov. Mitch Daniels: “She is comprehensively experienced and has advantages that some of the other contenders would have to scramble to match in terms of her exposure to the world and… foreign policy.” Gov. Mike Huckabee described Sec. Clinton as “smart” and “tough.” ‘She’s a policy genius,’ he said. Jon Huntsman: I’ve worked around Hillary Clinton while serving as ambassador to China, and all I can tell you as a Republican is she’s pretty good. She’s smart. She’s hardworking. She – she relates to all kinds of people, and I was very, very impressed working with her as a Republican. Gov. Perry, on Sec. Clinton’s stance on Syria: “I think on that issue she was closer to being right than she has been on some other ones.” Gen. Petraeus, on Sec. Clinton: “She’d make a tremendous President.” Clinton was ‘extraordinarily resolute, determined and controlled’ in the wake of the attack. Sam Brownback: “Thank you, Madam Secretary. I appreciate the way you represent us around the world and your high energy levels.” Jim DeMint: “You've, I think, taken an international leadership role in, I think, raising the pressure levels in Iran.” Lindsey Graham: “I think she’s represented our nation well. She is extremely well respected throughout the world, handles herself in a very classy way and has a work ethic second to none.’” McCain: “She is a great representative of America, kind of a rock star status, visited more countries than any other secretary of state.”