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Spitzer’s Scheme Screws Up Hillary!

It’s a dilemma: How do you answer a question that an overwhelming percentage of your own constituents have answered with a resounding “NO!”

You try your damnedest to duck it:

Hillary Rodham Clinton stumbled badly at last night’s Democratic debate when she repeatedly refused to give a direct answer about whether she supports Gov. Spitzer’s plan to give driver’s licenses to illegal aliens – and got slammed by her opponents for evasive double-talk.

Jack M. over at AoSHQ calls it the most important 2 minutes of last night’s Democratic debate:

First, she is barely ahead of Obama in Iowa. Immigration has consistently polled as the top issue in that state. She has placed herself on the wrong side of the public, on the wrong side of Iowans, and has given Obama an opening to snake the state out from under her.

(Obama blew it too..he took the Hillary position. But no-one talks about Obama. Every Republican in Iowa from this point forward will be bashing Hillary for endorsing driver’s licenses for illegals. This probably boosts Obama’s prospects, solely by driving Hill’s negatives up.)

Should Obama upset Clinton in Iowa, her aura of “inevitability” is gone. She still wins the Dem nomination, but she spends more money to do so, and she has to spend more time in the spotlight engaging in retail politics.

And Hillary in the spotlight is bad for her. The more people see her, the more they are reminded of the things they don’t like about her.

Her answer started retarded, and then devolved. The idea that an illegal alien having a license stashed in his or her pocket will reduce accidents is patently asinine. I first had one issued to me when I was seventeen, and believe me, it never mattered when one guy ran a red light and bashed the crap out of my Camaro; nor did it do much good in stopping me from ramming a Volvo in the ass when that woman unexpectedly slammed down on her brakes.

And Spitzer’s ‘three tier’ idea is a joke; what illegal with a modicum of sense is going to carry a card that identifies them as being here illegally? It would be like wearing a “DEPORT ME” sign if you got pulled over for running a red light.

What car dealer or insurance salesman in their right mind would put their ass on the litigation line by signing up someone brandishing such? For them, it would be begging to be sued for aiding and abetting a federal felony if that motorist got into an accident.

And when Hillary! tried laying it off on Bush and Congress “for not passing comprehensive immigration reform” was just… what’s the word I’m looking for?

Oh, yeah: pathetic. That POS bill failed because the voters, nationwide, let it be known, loud and clear, that they would not stand for it, and a majority of her fellow members of Congress viewed voting “Yea” as political suicide.

UPDATE: HOT AIR: The Spin Continues

THE POLITICO: “In a debate against six Democratic opponents at Drexel University here Tuesday, Clinton gave the worst performance of her entire campaign.

It was not just that her answer about whether illegal immigrants should be issued driver’s licenses was at best incomprehensible and at worst misleading.

It was that for two hours she dodged and weaved, parsed and stonewalled. “

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