â€œI think that since we now know Sen. (John) McCain will be the nominee for the Republican Party, national security will be front and center in this election. We all know that. And I think itâ€™s imperative that each of us be able to demonstrate we can cross the commander-in-chief threshold,â€ the New York senator told reporters crowded into an infantâ€™s bedroom-sized hotel conference room in Washington.
â€œI believe that Iâ€™ve done that. Certainly, Sen. McCain has done that and youâ€™ll have to ask Sen. Obama with respect to his candidacy,â€ she said.
And in case you missed it, here’s what she said a few days ago…
â€œI think that I have a lifetime of experience that I will bring to the White House. Sen. John McCain has a lifetime of experience that heâ€™d bring to the White House. And Sen. Obama has a speech he gave in 2002.â€
Okay, fantasy politics role playing time…let’s say that somehow she wins this thing. I know, it’s HIGHLY unlikely, but with Michigan and Florida most likely re-doing their contests, it has become much more likely. So let’s just say she pulls it out. McCain can easily take these sound bytes and use them against her in the general campaign. I can just hear the commercials now…”Hillary Clinton thinks John McCain is ready to be Commander in Chief, but is she?” After that, he can also use her war votes to claim she’s a flip flopper…and so we see a rerun of 2004: John Kerry 2.0.
Long story short, she does herself no favors by employing this strategy. It’s dumb. But then again, I guess it’s par for course with this campaign.