In the Arena

Hillary on Fox

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She did fine. She refused to be baited by Chris Wallace. She handled the MoveOn.Org “Betrayus” ad well, putting it in the same category as the Swift Boat ads in 2004, and those comparing Max Cleland to Osama Bin Laden in 2002…but this is still a terrible weight for Democrats to carry and it is time for MoveOn to apologize for its boneheaded move. (Eli Pariser seemed to be moving in that direction in recent TV appearances.)

Her explanation her health care plan was quite good. Her position on the war was less clear, but so much of these appearances is about poise and body-language and she passed those tests quite easily…with the exception of her forced belly laughs, which seemed a bit much (although that cackle, when real, is a hoot.)