It was, in this reporter’s opinion, the most interesting moment in today’s Clinton campaign phoner with reporters. Responding to the release of HRC’s new TX TV ad, which asserts in no subtle terms that only she has the experience to deal with a major world crisis, and, relatedly, to keep your children safe, Slate’s John Dickerson asked the obvious question:
“What foreign policy moment would you point to in Hillary’s career where she’s been tested by crisis?” he said.
Silence on the call. You could’ve knit a sweater in the time it took the usually verbose team of Mark Penn, Howard Wolfson and Lee Feinstein, Clinton’s national security director, to find a cogent answer. And what they came up with was weak — that she’s been endorsed by many high ranking members of the uniformed military.
The audio is over at Hotline, and I would embed it here but it plays automatically, and that’s annoying.
After you listen to it, jump back here and read the folllowing…
She has the wisdom to know when to push basic elements under certain circumstances? What in the hell does that even mean? Now, if memory serves, I think that was Mark Penn talking first, so it should come as no surprise that he didn’t make any sense whatsoever. After this campaign, that guy is SO done.
And at the end of the day it’s extremely telling how badly mismanaged her campaign is that they wouldn’t have an answer ready after they put out an ad like that.
It’s 3 a.m., do you know where your campaign is headed?