Saturday, January 05, 2008

Live-blogging the Facebook debates
Triangulations

Obama tries to make John Edwards a compadre. Hillary tries to pull John Edwards to her side. Bill Richardson tries to make himself relevant by calling the other three uncivil.

That's because Hillary lost her cool after Edwards poked hard at her, by trying to squeeze her out of the discussion by counting himself as a change agent next to Obama, reminding viewers that he came in second in Iowa, next to Obama. In truth, he came in much closer to Hillary -- within one point -- than he did to Obama, with whom he had an 8-point spread.

This really ticked her off, prompting her to demand, rightfully, an opportunity to respond. But when she did, her irritation was apparent, something that could work just fine if she were a man, but she's not. And even for men, it's a risky course. Remember when Bob Dole demanded of a fellow Republican that he "stop lying about my record"?

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