Clinton's Remarkable Moment, Parsed


Hillary Clinton’s campaign sent out this clip after the debate, calling it remarkable. In case you missed it, it was probably her best moment, in terms of the theatrics, since her run of losses began after Super Tuesday.

But then there’s also this, which is getting more than a little silly, but which is a can of worms that the Clinton campaign opened.

UPDATE: A very different nominee for Clinton’s Moment of the Debate, from the Obama campaign:

From: [] On Behalf Of Bill Burton
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2008 11:15 AM
To: Bill Burton
Subject: MEMO: “The Moment” from the debate

TO: Interested Parties

FR: Obama Campaign

RE: “The Moment” from the debate

DA: February 22, 2008

There has been a lot of discussion this morning about what “the moment” in the debate was. In our view, the moment that most clearly demonstrated the difficulty Hillary Clinton would have drawing a clear contrast with John McCain in a general election was when she, quizzically, attacked him for supporting the war in Iraq. Clinton also voted for the war. See the exchange below:

KING: Senator Clinton, as you know, I think your number was about $342 million. You say they’re worthy projects, as Senator Obama did, for your state and that’s part of your job, to get money for worthy projects back in your state. Senator McCain, as you know, is proud of going around the country saying he’s never asked for an earmark and he will never ask for an earmark. On the specific issue of pork barrel spending, fiscal accountability by the government at a time when many Americans frankly think, whether it is the House or the Senate, that you all waste money on things that aren’t important to them, don’t affect their daily lives, does he have a better case to make to the American people that, “I have done this my entire career; I will do it as president,” on the issue of on the issue of wasteful pork barrel spending?

CLINTON: Well, no, not at all. Because he supported the wasteful tax cuts of the Bush administration and the Iraq war, with the billions of dollars… that have been spent, and wants it to continue…

The question is: how can Senator Clinton attack Senator McCain for authorizing the war, when she cast the very same vote?

Clinton's Remarkable Moment, Parsed