Rich Galen

While all of Washington was engrossed with the collapse of the McCain campaign, the activities of four Democrats should be reviewed.

First there was the whispered conversation between Hillary Clinton and John Edwards agreeing with each other that the grown-up campaigns have got to do something about the mini-me campaigns taking up valuable real estate and oxygen during debates.

Clinton and/or Edwards were wearing microphones which (a) were live, (b) were connected to a camera, which (c) was on and functioning perfectly.

After a mass appearance at an NAACP event, according to & the Washington Post:

Edwards walked over to Clinton and told her they "should try to have a more serious and a smaller group" for a fall debate. Clinton agrees: "We've got to cut the number, because they are just being trivialized." She agrees with Edwards again when he, presumably referring to some of the lower-tier candidates, says "they're not serious."

Clinton then mentions to Edwards that she thought that their campaigns had already tried to limit the debates but the effort got "detoured" and "we've got to get back to it."

Ok. Front runners hate to give non-entities like Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel air time during debates which is often the only notice they ever get. But that's not the interesting part of this story.

The interesting part of the story is after Kucinich found out about the whispering campaign he went public with his distress which required a response by both Clinton and Edwards.

Result? They both lied.

According to the WashPost:

Clinton, in New Hampshire, seemed to lay responsibility on squarely on Edwards. "I think he has some ideas about what he'd like to do," she said, adding that she liked participating in the forums.

And in Iowa, Edwards said "that he wasn't in favor of barring anyone from future gatherings. Rather, he said he wanted to see them separated into two groups of four candidates each, chosen randomly."

It was typical Hillary to immediately blame someone else. It wasn't her at all, don't you see? She loves having Mike Gravel and Chris Dodd clogging up the arteries of debates.

It is Mr. $400-a-haircut Edwards who wants to cut out the little people - even though his entire campaign is centered around his abiding adoration of the Bill Richardsons and Joe Bidens of the national economic debate.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at