Did you watch what everyone is hoping is the last debate of this primary season?
My friends who skipped it thinking there couldn’t be anything new made a fair point. My friends who spent their time calling or canvassing for Obama instead were more productive. I, however, just couldn’t resist watching the latest installment of Hillary’s wild roller coaster ride. There was a record-breaking viewing audience for the debate.
I wonder, were they watching it for the same reason I was?
After a perfectly friendly debate in Austin, Hillary made the news on Saturday with a booming, “SHAME ON YOU, BARACK OBAMA. SHAME ON YOU.” Well, if doting grandmother didn’t work for her in Las Vegas, I couldn’t calculate what vote she wanted to gain with the scolding mother routine. I nearly jumped to my feet to find a safe place out of the way like I did when my little sister once decided to slap my mother back. I didn’t know what would happen next but I didn’t want to be a part of it!
On Sunday, there was yet another Hillary behind the mic. This time she her audience rewarded her with giggles as she mocked Obama saying she could talk about unity and wait for a bright light to shine down or a heavenly choir to sing. She gave up her claim to be top of the charts on substance for a juvenile taunt. Obama had already framed his response during the Austin debate when he told Hillary her comments suggested his one million supporters were delusional. He won the argument before she started the mimicry.
During last night’s debate, Barack Obama built on his retort to Hillary’s claim she is ready on day one by noting that she empowered George W. Bush to drive the bus into the ditch with the war in Iraq. Her criticizing anyone else’s vote after the crucial vote on authorizing the President to use military force is hardly fair since there aren’t many ways to drive the bus out of the ditch once it’s there. I think Hillary’s campaign is now entrenched in that very same ditch!
Then there was this awkward moment in the debate where she made reference to an SNL skit and suggested the moderators ask Obama if he was comfortable or needed a pillow. Maureen Dowd suggests the woman who found her voice in New Hampshire has turned into Sybil…
We’ve had Experienced Hillary, Soft Hillary, Hard Hillary, Misty Hillary, Sarcastic Hillary, Joined-at-the-Hip-to-Bill Hillary, Her-Own-Person-Who-Just-Happens-to-Be-Married-to-a-Former-President Hillary, It’s-My-Turn Hillary, Cuddly Hillary, Let’s-Get-Down-in-the-Dirt-and-Fight-Like-Dogs Hillary.
As for countering what she sees as the empty Obama brand of hope, she offers only a chilly void: Abandon hope all ye who enter here. This must be the first presidential candidate in history to devote so much energy to preaching against optimism, against inspiring language and — talk about bizarre — against democracy itself. No sooner does Mrs. Clinton lose a state than her campaign belittles its voters as unrepresentative of the country.