This is reprehensible. Senator Clinton said today,
â€œI think that since we now know Sen. (John) McCain will be the nominee for the Republican Party, national security will be front and center in this election. We all know that. And I think itâ€™s imperative that each of us be able to demonstrate we can cross the commander-in-chief threshold,â€ the New York senator told reporters crowded into an infantâ€™s bedroom-sized hotel conference room in Washington.
â€œI believe that Iâ€™ve done that. Certainly, Sen. McCain has done that and youâ€™ll have to ask Sen. Obama with respect to his candidacy,â€ she said.
Calling McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee a good friend and a â€œdistinguished man with a great history of service to our country,â€ Clinton said, â€œBoth of us will be on that stage having crossed that threshold. That is a critical criterion for the next Democratic nominee to deal with.â€
Clinton says she has crossed the “commander-in-chief threshold.” When, pray tell? Doing what? Can somebody explain that to me?
And I can ask the same question of McCain. I respect his prisoner-of-war experience, but being a POW doesn’t necessarily confer the commander-in-chief skill set.
Keith Olbermann is wondering if Clinton is a McCain Democrat or a Lieberman Republican. Richard Wolff suggests that all she has to do is kiss President Bush on the cheek and she’d be just like Joe Lieberman. Snort.
I have to assume that Clinton is equating “being a damnfool hawk on the Iraq War far too long” with being a strong commander-in-chief. And if that’s her game, she needs to be slammed down on this, hard.
See also John Aravosis.