As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Hillary Clinton's campaign admitted to not telling the absolute truth about her trip to Bosnia in 1996. This is such a stupid unforced error by her campaign. There was no need for her to exaggerate foreign policy feats of daring like this. There are no generals or Rough Riders running in 2008. Dodging sniper fire is not a prerequisite for getting elected. This "commander-in-chief" fetishism is simply not where the country is at. She didn't need to lie about this, and because her campaign has some sort of allergy to admitting mistakes, they have to frame it as "misspeaking." You mean like John McCain? Just like McCain, Clinton actually said this about her Bosnia trip on a number of occasions. There's no way out of this. And yet there are these explanations and justifications. It gives off the image of untrustworthiness and is very damaging to her. I thought the dissembling on NAFTA would actually be the peg on which this would all fall down, but the Bosnia trip has video attached.

Once this crosses over into ridicule of the Al Gore-like variety, it's going to be devastating for the already dim prospects of Clinton getting the nomination.

UPDATE: This is what I'm talking about.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who has been accused in recent days of padding her foreign policy resume while First Lady, admitted today that she may have exaggerated about an encounter she said she had with al-Qaeda terror mastermind Osama bin Laden in 1998.

In an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, Sen. Clinton told host Tim Russert, "I wrestled bin Laden in his cave in 1998 and had him pinned to the ground before the bastard got away."

But a review of Sen. Clinton's official White House schedule from that period revealed that the then-First Lady was nowhere in the vicinity of Mr. bin Laden on that day, but was instead greeting a group of honor roll students at Disney World in Orlando.

"I may have misspoke about what went on that particular day," Sen. Clinton said today. "But it was a very busy time for me, what with having that knife-fight with Kim Jong-Il and all."

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