The “inevitability” meme is always a blessing and a curse. Hillary Clinton found that out last night when she tried to have it both ways on a key immigration issue and instead found herself having an awfully confused night.

Politico agrees:

PHILADELPHIA – – We now know something that we did not know before: When Hillary Clinton has a bad night, she really has a bad night. […] In a debate against six Democratic opponents at Drexel University here Tuesday, Clinton gave the worst performance of her entire campaign.

It was not just that her answer about whether illegal immigrants should be issued drivers’ licenses was at best incomprehensible and at worst misleading. […] It was that for two hours she dodged and weaved, parsed and stonewalled.

Simply put, she didn’t seem credible, and that’s going to be troubling for a lot of Dems. Because after 8 years of one of the least credible administrations to occupy the Oval Office since Richard Nixon’s nearly everybody is making damn sure that the candidate isn’t speaking out of both sides of their mouth. Clinton didn’t give that impression last night, and it hurt her.

As most of you know who read this blog, I’m not a Hillary fan. She may be a very sincere person IN PERSON, but to the outside world I think she feels like a shill. I don’t think people will trust her, and after the Dems fielded Al Gore and John Kerry, a Hillary candidacy is exactly the opposite what Dems need.

More from Politico:

Perhaps just as bad was her general tone and demeanor. All of her opponents seemed passionate about one issue or another. But Clinton seemed largely emotionless and detached, often just mouthing rehearsed answers from her briefing book.

True, she was relentlessly attacked all night. But she can’t claim that she was stabbed in the back. She was stabbed in the front.

“Who is honest? Who is sincere? Who has integrity?” Edwards asked and then provided the answer: Not Hillary.

And so it goes…

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