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What about the considerable baggage in her career as the highest-ranking Cabinet official on Mr. Obama’s team who presided over the Benghazi massacre, where the U.S. ambassador was killed, along with three other Americans?

Questions about how she responded to that attack by Libyan terrorists, and why her State Department rejected the ambassador’s escalating pleas for increased security, aren’t going away anytime soon.

At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on what led up to the attack, Mrs. Clinton famously uttered the question, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” suggesting that it was more important to see that such an attack doesn’t happen again than discovering its cause.

Polls shows that many Americans still think events in Benghazi, and her still-unexplained handling of them, deserve further investigation.

When asked — “Do you think the Obama administration has honestly disclosed what it knows about what occurred in Benghazi or has tried to cover up the facts?” — a sizable 58 percent of Americans said, “Tried to cover up the facts.”

When reminded that Mrs. Clinton was in charge when our consulate officials were killed, and that her staff was blaming it all on a protest of an anti-Muslim video on the Internet, 50 percent of Americans “disapprove of the way she handled this incident.”

Last month, Democratic leaders at first opposed a GOP proposal to conduct a broader congressional investigation, as did administration officials. But 51 percent of Americans said they supported a much fuller examination of how the administration handled the Benghazi crisis, according to this week’s polls.

You can bet that Mrs. Clinton’s role in this scandal will be at the center of the Republicans’ lengthy investigation.

The two-year run-up to the 2015-16 presidential election cycle begins in just five months, when the November midterm elections are over. It would be a mistake, though, to think that with Mrs. Clinton leading her party’s ticket, voters will want to keep the Democrats in charge of the “mess in Washington.”

Americans are rightly angry about their scandal-ridden government and especially with the Democrats who are in charge of running it.

There is the Internal Revenue Service scandal that targeted conservative groups; the Benghazi cover-up; trillions of dollars in deficits and debt; a moribund economy where good, full-time jobs are harder to find; and untold numbers of ill veterans who die waiting for medical care at Veterans Affairs hospitals.

No wonder polls show that three-quarters of registered voters say they will vote in November, up from 68 percent in April, as Democrats worry about lower turnout.

The main event comes two years later, when the voters must decide whether they want four more years of divided government, or a return to prosperity and full employment.

Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and contributor to The Washington Times.