Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has continued to take criticism for not taking questions from the media, even after she took questions from the media twice last week, so naturally, former Demon Sheep employer and Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina thought it would be a good idea to exploit that criticism by following Clinton to South Carolina Wednesday and taking questions from the media right outside Hillary Clinton’s campaign event.
Things got off to a swimming start when MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell treated Fiorina to an extended sunlit platform for her to attack Clinton, but a funny thing happened almost immediately. Even though Fiorina was trying to illustrate how little Hillary has talked to the press, she couldn’t keep track of even those supposedly few public comments Clinton has made:
“Every Republican candidate has been asked about their vote for the war in Iraq. The one person who’s not been asked, because she won’t answer the question, is Hillary Clinton.”
“She hasn’t been asked yet. what would she do now in Iraq?”
Fiorina is absolutely right that Republicans have been tying themselves in knots trying to answer the Iraq question, but as Mitchell gently pointed out, Hillary Clinton did speak to the press about the 2003 vote on Iraq just last week:
“I made it very clear that I made a mistake, plain and simple.”
Yeah, but what about what Hillary would do with Iraq now? I bet she hasn’t been asked about that, nor will she!
“I basically agree with the policy that we are currently following, and that is American air support is available, American intelligence and surveillance is available, American trainers are trying to undo the damage that was done to the Iraqi army by former Prime Minister Maliki.”
“There is no role whatsoever for American soldiers on the ground to go back other than in the capacity as trainers and advisers.”
This was supposed to be a cakewalk for Fiorina, an opportunity to show Hillary Clinton up by demonstrating how to be freewheeling and open with the press, but in a relatively safe setting. MSNBC is supposed to be a liberal network, but with as much opposition from her left as her right and an already-toxic relationship with the press, Hillary Clinton essentially has no media constituency, as evidenced by the graphic Mitchell used to tease Hillary’s event:
Ever devoted to the “both sides” narrative, Mitchell even hallucinated Fiorina saying something that wasn’t wrong, telling Fiorina “You’re absolutely correct that she hasn’t had a news conference,” and letting Fiorina skate on to her next attack without a hiccup.
Even with Mitchell’s help, though, this doesn’t appear to be quite the contrast Carly Fiorina was looking to draw with Hillary Clinton. It would be nice if Hillary would talk with the media more than she currently is, but it’s even nicer that when she does, she knows what she’s talking about.