Monday, June 04, 2007

What I Liked About Hillary Last Night

I didn’t get to see much of last night's Democratic presidential debate, so I'm not about to get into the pointless discussion of who "won" or "lost." But, from the 50 percent of the debate I did see, Hillary Clinton did her best to make sure the Democratic party won.

Have a look at how Clinton handled it when that knucklehead Wolf Blitzer -- who seemed to think the debate was about him and his silly show-of-hands antics -- consistently tried to divide the Democratic candidates.
"Everybody on this stage, we are all united, Wolf. We all believe that we need to try to end this war. In two nights you’re going to have the Republican candidates here. They all support the war. They all support the president. They all supported the escalation. Each of us is trying in our own way to bring the war to an end. . . .

"And I think it’s important particularly to point out; This is George Bush’s war. He is responsible for this war. He started the war. He mismanaged the war. He escalated the war. And he refuses to end the war.

"And what we are trying to do, whether it’s by speaking out from the outside or working and casting votes that actually make a difference from the inside, we are trying to end the war. . . .

"The differences among us are minor. The differences between us and the Republicans are major. And I don’t want anyone in America to be confused."

The part where she adopted GOP spin and said America is safer, but not safe enough 5 1/2 years after September 11, despite the fact that we're far less safe after everything Team Bush and the previous Republican Congress have done (or not done), shows why it's still between Edwards, Dodd or Obama in my household.

But keeping the message clear that Republicans are dangerous and, whatever the differences, any Democrat is a far better choice, is showing excellent, broader leadership and Hillary Clinton should be commended for that.

Now if she would just starting really kicking Bush's ass about the war.