Monday, March 17, 2008

Thou Hath Shoth Thyself in Thine Own Foot

There are a number of reasons that
Hillary Clinton was able to come back against Barack Obama in Ohio and Texas, but a big one is the "red phone" advertisement that began to air the weekend before the primaries.

"It's 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep," intones the announcer. "But there's a phone in the White House and it's ringing. Something is happening in the world … Who do you want answering the phone?"

Too late, the Obama campaign began to ask: exactly what world crises has Hillary Clinton handled? The Clinton campaign went on somewhat unpersuasively about the First Lady's peacemaking role in the Balkans and Northern Ireland during the Bill Clinton administration.

The real answer is that Hillary Clinton was deeply involved in many of the crises faced by her husband as president, some of them of their own making.

When NEWSWEEK asked voters in a new poll, "Who would you most trust to answer the phone at 3 a.m.?",

45 percent said John McCain,

27 percent said Hillary Clinton

and 18 percent chose Barack Obama.

The biggest crisis facing Hillary Clinton in recent times is her own campaign.

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