Most observers agreed that none of the candidates debating at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, particularly outshined their rivals, doing nothing to challenge Sen. Hillary Clinton's position as the Democratic race's front-runner.
Clinton also turned what some might think a potential weakness in her campaign, into a wonderful applause line.
In vintage Clinton fashion, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, takes a question that exposes a potential weakness in her campaign and turns it into a strength.
When asked, if elected to two terms as president, how she felt about a Clinton or Bush serving 28 straight years in the White House, Sen. Clinton replied, “I think it is a problem that Bush was elected in 2000. I actually thought somebody else was elected in that election,” in an obvious reference to Al Gore who won the popular vote in 2000, but lost in the electoral college to George W. Bush. The answer was interrupted by a flurry of applause from the audience.
Once the applause died down, she added, “I am running on my own merits, but I am very proud of my husband’s record as president of the United States,” which was also a good applause line.
Regardless of what you think of the Senator, her response to this question was priceless.
I truly believe that the 2008 presidential election is the Dems to lose -- and we all know they are capable of doing just that. But quite possibly, even the Dems won't be able to get in their own way if Republicans continue to back the current president and his stand on the war in Iraq.