Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Sinbad contra Hillary

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Now this is rather hilarious, far more hilarious than anything he ever did during whatever comedy "career" he may have had. While Clinton keeps talking up her alleged "experience," particularly in the area of foreign policy, Sinbad -- yes, Sinbad, the alleged "comedian" -- has emerged to refute her:

When Barack Obama characterized Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy experience as "having tea" with diplomats, Clinton fired back with anecdotes about a trip she took to wartime Bosnia in 1996. "Somebody said there might be sniper fire," she said, describing a dangerous corkscrew landing her plane had to make. "I don't remember anyone offering me tea on the tarmac." But now that account is being disputed. By Sinbad.

Turns out the comedian, who was along for the ride with Sheryl Crow, remembers things differently, the Washington Post reports. "I never felt that I was in a dangerous position,” Sinbad said. "I never felt being in a sense of peril, or 'Oh, God, I hope I'm going to be OK when I get out of this helicopter or when I get out of this tank.'"

He also disputed Clinton's claim that first ladies get sent to all the poorest and most dangerous countries. “What kind of president would say, ‘Hey, man, I can't go 'cause I might get shot so I'm going to send my wife... Oh, and take a guitar player and a comedian with you.'" The ridicule goes on. (Keep in mind that Sinbad is a fervent Obama fan.)

Yes, he is an Obama supporter, but he may also be right about this. Chait: "When your main campaign theme is foreign policy experience, and that experience is persuasively refuted by a comedian, it's time to find a new theme."

Sure, except that she doesn't really have any other theme. Her whole campaign is based on smearing Obama. Now that her self-glorification is being exposed for what it is -- and, no, not just by Sinbad -- her tank is empty. She still has that "kitchen sink" to throw around, and it's not like she doesn't have a solid base of support, but, in terms of a positive theme, she simply has nothing left.

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