Up until now, Hillary was able to ride both sides of an issue without challenge. No one on the Democrat side was willing to challenge Hillary as she talked out both sides of her mouth. Well, that changed last night as her Democratic rivals ganged up on her during a two-hour debate. They finally put Clinton on the defense on a multitude of issues...but Hillary still wouldn't give any specifics in the debate, rather attempting to deflect every question towards the "failures" of George Bush.
Hillary became especially testy when prssed on whether she agrees with a proposal in New York to give driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. Clinton first supported the idea until Dodd objected and then she said she didn't think it wasa very good idea but that she understood what the governor was doing. In response, John Edwards said, "Unless I missed something, Senator Clinton said two different things in the course of about two minutes. America is looking for a president who will say the same thing, who will be consistent, who will be straight with them." Barack Obama added, "I can't tell whether she was for it or against it."
Sounds like the Democrats are going to use the GOP/John Kerry approach of painting Clinton as a "flip-flopper" who will say anything to be elected. And then the Democrats questioned Clinton's electability:
John Edwards - "Will she be the person who brings about the change in this country? You know, I believe in Santa Claus. I believe in the tooth fairy. But I don't think that's going to happen."
Barack Obama - "Part of the reason that Republicans, I think, are obsessed with you, Hillary, is because that's a fight they're very comfortable having."
Chris Dodd - "Whether it's fair or not, the fact of the matter is that my colleague from New York, Senator Clinton, there are 50 percent of the American public that say they're not going to vote for her."
It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Clinton clearly failed last night. While her opponents are attacking her and running a campaign against Hillary, Hillary is running against George Bush. Last time I checked, George Bush is not running for a third term.
Lastly, Dennis Kucinich admitted to seeing a UFO last night. The only surprise was that he didn't say he had been abducted...I can see Kucinich being abducted.