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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

What Was Her Defining Attribute Again?

Looks like I'm not alone in wondering what all this talk about Hillary's "experience" is about:
[During her] two terms in the White House, [Hillary] Clinton did not hold a security clearance. She did not attend National Security Council meetings. She was not given a copy of the president's daily intelligence briefing. She did not assert herself on the crises in Somalia, Haiti or Rwanda. And during one of President Bill Clinton's major tests on terrorism, whether to bomb Afghanistan and Sudan in 1998, Clinton was barely speaking to her husband, let alone advising him, as the Lewinsky scandal dragged on.

In seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, Clinton lays claim to two traits nearly every day: strength and experience. But as the junior senator from New York, she has few significant legislative accomplishments to her name.
From Patrick Healy, "Hillary Clinton puts her experience first," The International Herald Tribune, December 25, 2007