Hillary Knocked Around, Still On Top
by Jeff Dinelli
Hillary's non-comment about the surge in Iraq working is still getting play. Bill Richardson and the Edwards camp jumped all over her. Likewise, I saw headlines on two different sites yesterday screaming some form of "Hillary Says Surge Is Working" and being the intrepid reporter that I am, just went with the AP story without checking the facts. I posted an updated correction yesterday, but the scale of this media misrepresentation deserves another look. It's curious that what she actually said, "We've begun to change tactics in Iraq, and in some areas -- particularly in Al Anbar Province -- it's working. We're just years too late changing our tactics" is pretty much the same thing Obama said to the same VFW yesterday. The Washington Times spun Hillary's comments into “‘It’s working,’ Mrs. Clinton said of the troop surge.” Never mind that she never actually used the word "surge" at any time in the speech. MSNBC's graphic read, "Hillary Clinton: Surge is Working, But Years Too Late For Change." The NY Post went with, "Clinton's positive assessment of the troop surge puts her in agreement with some high-ranking military officials and scholars, but in direct opposition to many fellow Democrats." With all this false projecting by the media, one has to wonder what would happen if Sen. Clinton actually did make a questionable statement.
And speaking of questionable statements, Michelle Obama's thinly veiled reference to past difficulties in the Clinton's marriage by declaring "If you can't run your own house, you certainly can't run the White House" can only be described as a cheap shot. One expects to see this from the GOP slime machine in the general, but not from Mr. "Politics of Hope," who obviously is wilting under the pressure of seeing polls like Iowa's and South Carolina's. As others have noted, Hillary is like a train running downhill, picking up momentum as this thing progresses.