Up until this point in the campaign, Hillary Clinton has been steamrolling the field and succeeded in building an aura of invincibility about her quest to receive the Democratic nomination for president. Last night, everything may have changed with her faltering and uninspiring performance in the Drexel University debate hosted by MSNBC. Lee Ward posted some choice video of the debate earlier today.
The debate began with Hillary receiving a fearful bludgeoning over her vote cast in favor of the dangerous Kyl-Lieberman amendment which could be interpreted as providing Senate approval for war with Iran. John Edwards nailed her to the wall on this one, and provided an eloquent dissent to the insane Bush/Cheney march to war with Iran.
Clinton became increasingly angry and defensive as the debate wore on. Then, came Tim Russert's question about whether she would support New York Governor Eliot Spitzer's plan to give illegal immigrants driver licenses and Hillary's bewildering, rambling and contradictory responses.
Does anyone even know where Hillary truly stands on this issue? It seems she is trying to be just a bit too smart and straddle the fence on this issue just as she has done successfully on so many others. But there's no talking around this one, because it's a simple question: do you favor allowing illegal aliens to obtain driver's licenses or not? Just answer yes or no. Please.
Last night's debate may have marked a turning point in the campaign. It's certainly got a lot of us progressives wondering if Hillary has the right stuff after all. And the dust-up over the Kyl-Lieberman amendment may be just beginning. To be honest, I hadn't read the amendment before today and I don't much like what I read. It seems to me that anyone who wants to prevent a ruinous and unnecessary war with Iran would have voted against it. Hillary's going to be in damage control about that vote for the rest of the campaign.
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