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Having to see two Rand Pauls!

If we needed any more confirmation of conservatives' utter stupidity in claiming that SoS Hillary Clinton's concussion and subsequent hospitalization was a scam to avoid testifying at the Benghazi! hearings, it has now been confirmed that her eyeglasses are fitted with a Fresnel lens.

And given the utter pwning that Hillary gave Sen. Rand Paul (demonstrating a rich fantasy life by starting his question with the phrase 'Had I Been President'), Republicans were completely deluded to have thought Secretary Clinton would even need to find a way to avoid their 'tough questioning'.

The New York Daily News first speculated on the source of the tiny vertical lines seen on Secretary Clinton's right eyeglass lens.

Eye experts told the New York Daily News it is likely she has had an adhesive Fresnel prism placed on her glasses.
'If she's wearing a Fresnel prism, then she has double vision without it,' said Dr Mark Fromer, medical director at Fromer Eye Centers.
Professor Dan Reinstein, from the London Vision Clinic, told MailOnline that double vision occurs when both eyes are receiving good images individually, but the alignment of the eyes is not exactly parallel, causing the brain to interpret the images as coming from different positions.
'Fresnel prisms can be used to compensate for the deviation between the eyes,' he explained.
Professor Reinstein said the Secretary of State's fall could have affected the muscles that control the movement of her eyes.
'If indeed Secretary Clinton is wearing a Fresnel prism, and if indeed this is related to what has been described as a result of her recent unfortunate fall, this would imply the head injury may have affected her extraocular muscle balance,' he said.
The speculation has been now been confirmed by a spokesperson for Clinton.
Clinton's spokesman confirmed Thursday night she is wearing the special glasses as a result of the fall and concussion she suffered last month, but he did not elaborate.
Experts told the Daily News that Clinton likely has a Fresnel prism placed on her glasses. The adhesive panel is used to treat double vision.
The hearings were an actual opportunity to learn something about the attack and national security. But instead,  Rand Paul used his time to advance a  Glenn Beck inspired Turkey-Syria gunrunning conspiracy theory.

As Dave Weigel of Slate elaborated, they squandered their best opportunity to get some actual information out of the hearings.

I dread to think what would have happened to the Republicans, had Secretary Clinton not been 'fighting' with one proverbial hand tied behind their back.

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