The following is an excerpt from OpinionJournal’s “Best of the Web” at WSJ written by the editor, James Taranto.
Make That 8
The Circular Candidate
Mediaite reports on the second part of Hillary Clinton’s interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, which aired on MSNBC yesterday:
After mentioning [Mrs.] Clinton’s repeated talking point that she is not running for Obama’s third term, Todd continued, “What’s a couple places you differ?”.
Clinton dug in her heels and evaded the question with her best effort. She noted, “I would have a different job.” She then gave the President copious accolades about him inheriting a fragile economic framework and how he needed to dig us out of a ditch (“which he has done”). When it seemed like Clinton had sufficiently wiped the surface clean of that question (presumably, with a cloth), Todd pushed back.
“But where do you differ with the President?”
Rather than list concrete and easily digestible answers to Chuck Todd’s questioning, Clinton replied, “I have a different set of specific priorities because I will face a different set of issues.”
For those of you keeping score at home, this is not an answer to the question, “But where do you differ from the President?”
If Mrs. Clinton becomes president, it will be good news for those of us who are sticklers about the phrase “beg the question.”
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