Sunday, November 04, 2007

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

The Clintons are upset.

It seems that in the last Democratic candidate debate, Hillary actually got a hard question to answer. Furthermore, she had great difficulty answering it without looking and sounding silly. That is bound to be the outcome when you take both sides and try to argue each without giving away a real response.

Now the Clintons are up in arms, crying "no fair." She's the girl, and the boy are being mean to her. They're asking "gotcha" questions and practicing the "politics of pile-on," according to Clinton and her campaign. The translation of this outrage is that events are starting to deviate from Senator Clinton's carefully prepared script, an intolerable development based on her--and Bill's--indignant reactions.

Are interviewers really supposed to avoid any question that might upset Hillary? Should debate moderators tiptoe around any issue that brings out her nail-screeching shrillness, her strident defensiveness that reminds the entire country why we don't want to have to listen to Hillary for any further length of time, let alone a presidential term?

I think the hard questions have only just begun. You'd better buckle up, Hilly, strap on your helmet and learn to drive the crash course.

Get used to it, dearie. If you want to play in the big leagues, you've got to be willing to take some hits without worrying about your ponytail. Things are not always going to go your way all the time, and you can't always go running to your hubby for mop-up operations. You can't whine about being picked on because you're a woman when you don't like the question. Your best course of action will be to choose an answer and then stick with it, or be prepared for a challenge if you don't.

Just ask any guy in the race.