HRC scores!

Demolishes Chris Matthews. Funniest video of the year, so far.
Then she chokes up answering a question; the press pounces on her, Edwards piles on, and Obama at least shows some class.

As you might have noticed, I’m not a fan. But Hillary’s put-down of Chris Matthews is just perfect. Really. Go watch it. It will make your day.

Meanwhile, in today’s big non-news, HRC choked up for a moment in the process of answering her ten-zillionth stupid question.

The press vultures immediately started circling over her “Muskie moment.” Watching, I thought it made her look more human, though I wish she’d resisted the temptation to segue back into her attack on Obama as “not ready.” But in any case, she’s entitled to be exhausted and emotional, and it reflects not one whit on her fitness for the Presidency. (I felt the same way about Muskie.)

Edwards showed exactly zero class by jumping on her about it.

I think what we need in a commander-in-chief is strength and resolve, and presidential campaigns are tough business, but being president of the United States is also tough business.


Obama was better: “I didn’t see what happened. I know this process is a grind. So that’s not something I care to comment on.” But the actual Obama didn’t match the Obama in my dreams, who would have said:

Anyone who can think about what’s been done to this country over the past seven years and not feel like crying has no heart, or just doesn’t understand what’s going on. I’m glad Senator Clinton loves America enough to cry about it. I’m only sorry that so many others seem to think they’re somehow above all that. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: