Carol Platt Liebau: An Unlikely Argument

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

An Unlikely Argument

Byron York is reporting that Hillary Clinton is going to mount a "commander-in-chief offensive."

Well, desperate times call for desperate measures. But say what? Isn't this a little bit like John McCain launching a "Miss Congeniality" offensive? Or Barack Obama arguing that he's the candidate of substantive accomplishment?

The biggest hill any woman running for President -- and especially a liberal, with a reportedly anti-military streak -- has to climb is convincing voters that she can be a credible commander-in-chief, not just for Americans, but for the rest of the world. Does Mrs. Clinton really think that a few years on the Armed Services Committee does the job?

The only conceivable reason she might even be going this way is that she's picking something up in her polling about an undercurrent of concern about a 46 year old, not even five years out of the Illinois state Senate taking on the job of Commander-in-Chief and primary protector of the free world.

Surely she can't be planning to carry this line of attack forward were she to win the nomination. How ridiculous would she sound mouthing this stuff against John McCain? It woul require, oh -- you know, a "willing suspension of disbelief."


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