In last night’s Democratic Presidential debate Hillary bombed, and not a random bomb, but a full-blown Dresden-style bombing.

Yes, she was under attack from her opponents, justifiably so. But when John Edwards can nail you with a line like this:

“Unless I missed something, Sen. Clinton said two different things in the course of about two minutes.”

…you know it’s not your night.

Can't we all just not get along?

And the hits just kept on coming from Edwards and Obama.

It’s about damn time that primary started to look like a primary. Candidates have to draw contrasts between themselves and their opponents. While the people that end up looking bad (like Clinton) call it “going negative,” it’s what has to happen in order for people to learn what these people stand for.

If someone can’t be straight with the public, no matter how crazy their ideas are, you end up with a situation that makes Senator Barack Obama say things like:

“I was confused [by] Sen. Clinton’s answer. I can’t tell whether she was for it or against it.”

Welcome to the club, Senator.

But, as with Rick Lazio daring to walk across the stage in a “threatening manner,” you run risks when calling a Clinton out on their deceptions, you run risk of being called a bully. If what a Clinton aid told Drudge is any indication, the public and media’s willingness to accept the poor Hillary card is going to need a lot better spin than complaining about the host.

CLINTON INNER-CIRCLE BLAME ‘UNFAIR’ MODERATOR TIM RUSSERT. ‘HE BORDERED ON THE UNPROFESSIONAL,’ TOP HILLARY ADVISER CHARGES. ‘HE BROKE DEBATE RULES AND WAS BELLIGERENT’…

Not fair! He called us on our crap! Just wait till the general, Senator… If you make it there.


(From the It’s First Friday blog, who feature Christopher Hitchens this Friday at their monthly happy hour and liberal actor Steven Weber from Wings and Studio 60 as a guest blogger. Check them out.)

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