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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Do not plagiarize this debate wrapup!

The usual: Weak questions or moderators not willing to butt in when they ask candidates to explain what sets them apart -- and they refuse to do so. The idea that Hillary would go on attack to play catch up did not happen at all except for one little hit on the "plagiarism" charges. They differ a bit on Cuba and more strongly on a health plan -- but they have debated that one 17 times already. Hillary closes by saying she is "so honored" to be on the stage with the Hon. Barack Obama, esq. Then they shake hands right in the middle of her closing pitch. Not exactly the way some of her backers wanted her to go out. TV pundits suggest it was maybe her way of throwing in the towel with grace....or even angling for Veep slot....

Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo, in light of the "plagiarism" charges, had some fun comparing Hillary's widely-hailed moment near the end with words her husband used in a debate in 1992.

Bill, ' 92: "The hits that I took in this election are nothing compared to the hits the people of this state and this country have been taking for a long time." Hill, '08: "You know, the hits I’ve taken in life are nothing compared to what goes on every single day in the lives of people across our country."

If you really must watch the "change you can xerox" moment, here it is:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Count me as one who found Senator Clinton's words quite eloquent and moving.