Sunday, November 4, 2007

Hillary Clinton Stumbling and Bumbling in Philadelphia

Via Goat's Barnyard, here's more gold-mine material on Hillary Clinton from Tuesday night's presidential debate in Philadelphia:

Also, check out Kate Michelman's Hillary smackdown, at the Los Angeles Times:

A prominent feminist, allied with the presidential campaign of former Sen. John Edwards, accused Democratic front-runner Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday of "disingenuously playing the victim card" by infusing her campaign with messages about gender.

"When unchallenged, in a comfortable, controlled situation, Sen. Clinton embraces her political elevation into the 'boys club,' " Kate Michelman, the former president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, wrote in a posting on a blog of the liberal group Open Left.

"But when she's challenged, when legitimate questions are asked, questions she should be prepared to answer and discuss, she is just as quick to raise the white flag and look for a change in the rules," Michelman said. "It's trying to have it both ways."

The missive by Michelman, a senior advisor to the Edwards campaign, was the latest salvo in a week in which gender flared as an issue in the Democratic presidential contest. Her cutting comments were publicized by the Edwards campaign in a press release.

The issue erupted after the Clinton campaign complained that male Democratic rivals at Tuesday night's presidential debate in Philadelphia had subjected her to a "pile-on."

At the debate, Clinton appeared to give nonspecific answers on several topics, such as on whether she supported the controversial plan of New York's Democratic governor, Eliot Spitzer, to give driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. Democratic rivals seized the moment as an opportunity to portray Clinton as a calculating candidate with chameleon-like views.
I shredded Clinton for her "nuanced" positions in an earlier post.

Still, I don't think Clinton's recent gaffes have derailed her inevitability as the Democratic standard-bearer. Note though that Dick Morris and Eileen McGann suggest
Hillary can be beaten in Iowa. Interesting. A couple of more flops like this last week and I might be persuaded.