Hillary Clinton calls being asked a tough question during a debate, playing “gotcha”. As in, does she still think that NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s plan to provide driver’s licenses for the state’s illegal aliens “makes a lot of sense?”
The reason this is a “gotcha” question for Hillary is because if she gives a honest answer,
“Why yes, Tim, *cackle* I still think it makes a lot of sense, especially for us Democrats because combined with “motor voter”, it will create many new voters for our party. If this idea were to spread nationwide, it would essentially remove any chance for the Republicans to hold any majorities, ever again *cackle*. You’ve got to look at the big picture, Tim”,
she risks pissing off 72% of the voters in her state.
So how dare Tim Russert for putting her in that position. Apparently, (according to her advisers), Clinton, who is already shattering records for fundraising, needs to raise even more money to help fight these vicious attacks, (a.k.a. asking tough questions).
“Russert made it appear that President Clinton had done something new or unusual,” (Clinton advisor) Penn said, before adding that it “is, in fact, an extremely confusing situation … I think there will be further clarification.”
In other words, they need more time think up ways to obfuscate the issue.
James Carville thought that it looked like:
the Democratic presidential field last night just committed suicide en masse, with Hillary Clinton the last to swallow the poison by holding out until this afternoon to endorse New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s proposal to give illegal immigrants some form of driver’s licenses.
I mean, what’s next, illegal alien pilot’s licenses?
Who knows, today’s satire, could be tomorrow’s reality, with the Dems in power.
Another “gotcha” moment for Hillary was the National archives question from Tim Russert:
RUSSERT: Senator Clinton, I’d like to follow up, because in terms of your experience as first lady, in order to give the American people an opportunity to make a judgment about your experience, would you allow the National Archives to release the documents about your communications with the president, the advice you gave? Because, as you well know, President Clinton has asked the National Archives not to do anything until 2012.
Clinton, looking slightly annoyed, responded:
CLINTON: Well, actually, Tim, the Archives is moving as rapidly as the Archives moves. There’s about 20 million pieces of paper there. And they are moving and they are releasing as they do their process. And I am fully in favor of that. Now, all of the records, as far as I know, about what we did with health care, those are already available. Others are becoming available. And I think that, you know, the Archives will continue to move as rapidly as its circumstances and processes demand.
Stephen Spruiell asked Chris Farrell, of Judicial Watch, if Clinton was correct when she said that “all of the records” from her work on her husband’s health-care task force in 1993 was available to the public.
Farrell, whose group Judicial Watch is suing The National Archives and Records Administration to obtain Hillary’s documents from her White House years, has been to Little Rock five times since The Clinton Library opened. He explained that there’s a group of documents that has not been released.
“All of them are not,” he replied. “We’ve asked for the Task Force on National Health Care Reform records, and those are different than the records that are available at the Clinton Library now. There are two universes of documents. One came out because the AAPS [American Association of Physicians and Surgeons] sued [in 1993] to get hold of the documents.”
The second, unreleased group:
“It has to do with health-care reform, it has to do with Hillary’s work there, and it’s not the same as the one that was released through earlier litigation over the health-care task force.” (In addition to these documents, Judicial Watch is also suing for Hillary’s White House calendar, her schedule, and all of her official correspondence as First Lady.)
Here, Russert is clearly pushing it:
RUSSERT: But there was a letter written by President Clinton specifically asking that any communication between you and the president not be made available to the public until 2012. Would you lift that ban?
CLINTON: Well, that’s not my decision to make, and I don’t believe that any president or first lady ever has. But, certainly, we’ll move as quickly as our circumstances and the processes of the National Archives permits.
Well, it is her decision to make, as Spruiell points out, the Clintons have veto power (through their attorney) over any records request until 2012. They obviously have no interest in releasing any records until long after the ’08 election.
I’ve always assumed she was.
UPDATE (January 11, 2009) for you pathetic Obamatards who are trying to make hay out of this:
Could I have been a little more respectful in relaying the information here? Of course, but politics ain’t beanbag. Hillary’s memorable “cackle” was making the rounds in the news at the time, and it wasn’t just “wingnuts” like me, taking notice.
Looking back, though, I am very sorry I took the low road, and passed on some gossip.
I think that most PUMAs understand that conservative Republicans are not big Hillary fans. In fact, at the time this piece was written, she was more hated and feared, than Obama, by most of us. Circumstances have changed considerably, since then, and I know I speak for a lot of conservatives when I say that we have learned to appreciate and empathize with Hillary and her supporters as we faced a common enemy in 2008.
I also understand that many (most) PUMAs have no love for George Bush, and in fact think he stole the 2000 election. It should surprise nobody that PUMAs and conservatives disagree on many issues. But I think that when Hillary and her supporters got a taste of the treatment by the MSM, usually reserved for Republicans, they learned to empathize a little with us.
That is actually one of the few positive things that came out of the election, as far as I am concerned.
Yes, it’s true that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.