How does that work? You are one of a hundred Senators tasked with deciding whether the United States goes to war or not. You vote to go to war. And when the war does not go well, you no longer want to be associated with it? Isn’t that the definition of irresponsibility? Isn’t it the adult thing to take responsibility for your actions, especially actions that were debated seriously and heavily documented before, during, and after the decision was made?
Then, Hillary was hit by a question out of left field: “You made LGBT rights a priority,” reporter Gross began. You included “transgendered people in your advocacy.”
“LGBT includes the T,” Clinton answered. Many foreign leaders, she said, did not want to include these people in their human rights laws.
“You made it easier for Americans to change their sex on their passports,” reporter Gross asked, “but you did it quietly.”
“It was not a big secret,” Clinton answered. “I had responsibility for the 70,000 employees of the [State Department] around the world.”
“I did not support gay marriage when I was in the Senate and when I ran for president in 2008, as you know,” Hillary Clinton added.
But when Terry Gross ventured to suggest that she failed to support marriage for homosexual couples out of political calculation, Hillary pushed back. “I think you are reading it wrong,” she rejoined.
“The [Defense of Marriage Act] was signed by your husband,” Terry Gross probed. “My husband was first to say [he was wrong about DOMA], she answered.
“The vast majority of Americans were just waking up to this [marriage] issue. It has been an extraordinarily fast legal and social transformation,” Hillary exulted. “Marriage equality is solidly established, except for Texas.”
“Your opinion changed,” Terry Gross tried to get Hillary to say. “You changed your mind.”
Hillary: You are playing with my words. I repudiate it. It is not true that I privately supported marriage but publicly opposed it.
Then, from her public record of opposition to couples of the same sex marrying, and her “repudiation” of Terry Gross’ question that she may have privately favored it, we can only conclude that as recently as 2008, Hillary Clinton was against this proposition.
So she now vigorously maintains she was wrong on Iraq and wrong on marriage. And this is a qualification?
Would-be challengers to “Hillary the Inevitable” can only be inspired by her troubled launch of her book tour. Long-time observers already recall the stumbling debut of Sen. Ted Kennedy in 1979. Every poll that year showed Kennedy would blow away the beleaguered Jimmy Carter.
Every poll, that is, except the poll of primary voters of 1980. Kennedy’s inability to answer the simplest questions from friendly interviewers had him tripping over his own tongue at the starting gate. He never fully recovered.
Might Hillary’s “inevitability” prove similarly jinxed? Might her irresistible JUGGERNAUT become a JUGGER-NOT?