October 31, 2007
Hillary's show on CNBC
CNBC, with Tim Russert and Brian Williams, hosted a two-hour "Hillary hour" last night. Bring back the League of Women Voters! They knew how to manage a debate and they didn't play favorites.
The format went something like this: "Senator Clinton, your position on Iran?" Answer, comment from one of the boys on the stage, rebuttal from Senator Clinton. Next question: "Senator Obama, you criticized Senator Clinton in the NY Times." The facial expression from the CNBC odd couple said, "Are you nuts? She is going to win! Were you ill? Meds altered? On an illegal substance? No? Well then, explain yourself or get off the stage."
What did we learn from Hillary? She can dodge hard questions with the best of them. On the Bush-Cheney plans to bomb Iran? "I am not in favor of a rush to war." Thank you, Hillary but, "All options are on the table."
"I will end the war in Iraq but leave enough soldiers to fight terrorists and protect our embassy." (See John Smart's article on the palace we call our embassy.)The others were clear--no war with Iran and stop the occupation of Iraq now. And the others were clear that her support of the nutty Lieberman-Kyle resolution is all Bush needs to bomb the hell out of Iran. "I don't want to hear, 'If I knew then what I know now' from you Hillary," said John Edwards.
Best line of the night by far. Joe Biden, who does extremely well in these non-debates, said, "I'd love to run against Giuliani. 'Every sentence Of his includes three things--a noun, a verb and 9/11.'"
Hillary was almost shouting but not quite.
Some candid remarks from Dodd and Biden in response to Hillary saying the Republicans keep talking about her. "Maybe," said Dodd, "They want to run against you. Electability is something we must consider."
As usual, the best performance was turned in by Dennis Kucinich.
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