Friday, February 29, 2008


You probably know about the new Hillary Clinton ad that's airing in Texas:

"It's 3:00am and your children are asleep," a voice over says in the ad. "There's a phone in the White House, and it's ringing. Something is happening in the world. Your vote will decide who answers that call."

"Whether someone knows the world's leaders, knows the military, someone tested and ready to lead. It's 3am and your children are safe and asleep. Who do you want answering the phone?" the ad concludes.

It's being slammed several different ways -- as fearmongering, as a warmed-over Mondale ad, as a warmed-over LBJ "daisy" ad -- but here's the strangest critique, from Weekly Standard blogger Michael Goldfarb:

Hillary's New Ad: I Will Micromanage!

... Hillary seems to be just the kind of person who would want to micromanage a military situation. That's how she's run her campaign, and there's little doubt that's how she'd run the White House....

Look, I'm not wild about the fearmongering here, but we know the kind of crisis she's talking about -- a horrific 9/11-style attack on the America. Does Goldfarb not believe the president of the United States should wake up in such circumstances and begin to deal with the situation at hand?

Oh, wait, maybe he doesn't -- after all, he's a member of the party of George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, so presumably he wants a president who'll ignore signs of an impending crisis, be allowed to sleep through a nighttime crisis, and respond to a daytime crisis by fleeing in fear.

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