Senator Clinton should have taken some of the millions she paid political consultants and spent them on acting classes. She just doesn’t seem to understand how to project her real personality, if you are to believe her closest friends. You never read an interview with one of them that fails to note how funny and what a good story teller she is in real life. But man, on the stage, under the spotlight, she is just plain tone deaf.
It’s downright painful when she tries to make a joke, like last night’s reference to the “Saturday Night Live” skit. (At least I think that was what she was trying to do.) And she can never tell when to just let a point go. Sen. Obama’s best moment, in my view, was when he responded to her harping on Louis Farrahkan’s endorsement of him by saying, "I don't see a difference between denouncing and rejecting. There is no formal offer of help to reject. I'm happy to concede the point. I'm happy to reject and denounce." He seemed much the bigger person for it.
I have some sympathy for her. SNL wasn’t far off the mark; the media does seem to fawn over Barack. Part of that feeling comes from the fact that Clinton has lived so much more of her life in the public eye, and blow-hards like Tim Russert can pick over and play gottcha with thousands of things she’s said or done over the last 16 years, while Obama’s limited experience gives the press less to chew on.
Finally, I’m glad this was the last “debate.” This format is so tired. What does anyone really learn? We had 15 minutes on health care reform and I didn’t hear a single new thing from either of them, and I’ve still never heard either of them put a price tag on it or explain how it’s to be paid for.