When you're a notorious control freak, it just doesn't quite wash that you had no knowledge of certain events.
First, from the New York Daily News:
Where did Hillary Clinton's mojo go?The opponents went negative? Aww, the poor thing. How dare your political opponents take advantage of your weaknesses, such your inability to answer a simple question without commissioning a focus group before you can give an answer.
That's what her campaign has to be asking after a rough two weeks. And more importantly, they have to be wondering how to recapture that fading aura of an unstoppable juggernaut.
Top Clinton strategist Mark Penn doesn't own up to his candidate suffering a dip, but he admits it's been tougher of late.
"The opponents went negative, and that created a new dynamic and a different set of headlines," Penn said.
The new dynamic emerged at the debate in Philadelphia two weeks ago, but didn't just spring from sharp criticism by her opponents. Clinton stumbled by offering fuzzy answers to some questions and refusing to take a stance on Gov. Spitzer's license plan for illegal immigrants.
We've always been told how tough and smart this woman is, and at the first sign of trouble, it straight to victimhood.
Realize this much: Our enemies around the world are praying she wins, as they know she cannot make a simple decision in a moment of crisis, and that weakness be will be exploited. Bank on it.
It gets even worse now. So much for loyalty.
From the BBC:
The US presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, has criticised her aides after she was accused of taking pre-arranged questions at a rally in Iowa.Frankly, that's a lie, and she knows it. Nothing in her campaign moves forward without her knowledge. Whatever happened to taking responsibilty for the actions of your staff?
The allegation was made by a student, who said a Clinton campaign aide asked her to pose a specific question.
Mrs Clinton said she had been unaware her aides had planted the question.
Question-planting has been used in US campaigns, but is usually avoided because it can become an embarrassment for candidates when revealed.
A student at Grinnell University, Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff, told her campus newspaper she had been asked by a Clinton aide to pose a question about global warming at a rally in Newton, Iowa.
"It was news to me," Mrs Clinton said, "and neither I nor my campaign approve of that, and it will certainly not be tolerated."
Real leadership: It's not the buck stops here; just like her husband, it's the buck never got here.
This woman simply is not trustworthy. If your campaign doesn't approve of it, why have you now been busted twice?
As we asked the other day, where is our intrepid investigative media on this?
There's no question these two cases aren't the only instances of question planting.
UPDATE: Boy, is there going to be hell to pay for these flags.
H/T: Weasel Zippers. ABC story here.
Meanwhile, Suitably Flip notices something rather curious (via Hot Air).