From the New York Times, in a somewhat misleading headline: On Web, Voters Question Clinton Directly:
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton strived for an Oprah moment yesterday night (sic), the third of her presidential campaign, by sitting in a fake living-room set and fielding questions on a live video Webcast about her vote for the Iraq war (if she had known then), universal health care (still wants it) and her favorite movies (“The Wizard of Oz,” “Casablanca” and “Out of Africa”).
Mrs. Clinton’s advisers say the Webcast demonstrates her determination to speak directly to voters, in as many ways as new technology allows, instead of dealing only with news media that have sometimes been intensely skeptical of her actions and motives.
Hillary knows she will face much tougher scrutiny from the media now that she's running for president. So she's reaching out "directly" to voters (note one question was sent in by a 14 year old), but she's finding it hard to change her ways:
The questions e-mailed from Linda in Pensacola, Fla., and other visitors to the Web site were vetted by Mrs. Clinton’s staff and offered or elicited few surprises. Mrs. Clinton sat on a sofa in front of a bookcase looking relaxed as a young aide read questions from a monitor. Her answers suggested various personas that she wants to convey to voters: a hometown girl, a mother, a moviegoer, a churchgoer, a standard-bearer for women and a critic of the war.
So her staff vetted the questions and "what's your favorite movie" made the cut. Well that will surely help those undecideds make their decision. And am I the only one getting tired of the "I am woman, hear me roar" crap? Standard-bearer for women? I wasn't aware I needed one. I can bear my own standard, thanks anyway.
In response to the first question, about what Mrs. Clinton would say to people who wondered whether a woman could be president, she said it was “important that we demonstrate that women are fully capable to serve in the highest levels of government.”
I like what poster Riverwalker said at Lucianne:
We already know that females can run countries. Where has she been?
And in answer to a question about her vote for the war in Iraq, we have Hillary's soon to be trademarked "hindsight is 20/20 answer".
....that, had she known in 2002 what she knows now, “I certainly would not have voted” to authorize military action in Iraq.
Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti never denied being a mass murderer. He never apologized for it. He never showed any inclination to mend his ways. Judging from the violent and suspiciously timed deaths of lawyers and judges assigned to his trial, his hands were never washed clean. He may have been frail from a rumored terminal illness, but Iraqi justice is not yet tempered by patience and Saddam was breathing his final hours.
There was a time when he used chemical weapons on humans, when he forced dissenters into acid baths and their families to watch them dissolve into screaming death. There was a time when he set Kuwait’s oil wells ablaze in a tantrum, poisoning the earth, the air, and the sea because if he couldn’t have them, he’d make sure no one else could either. When Saddam was driven into hiding by the same soldiers he’d once called weak, he crawled into a hole in the ground to avoid capture just outside of his hometown Tikrit and not far from where he is buried now, cold and moldering under Iraqi dirt.
And wouldn't we all be better off if Abu Musab al-Zarqawi were still alive.
In May 2004, he personally inaugurated a wave of hostage-takings and beheadings in Iraq by decapitating Nicholas Berg, 26, a businessman from Pennsylvania, and posting the videotaped episode on the Internet. Later, he and his followers circulated videos showing the decapitations of two other Americans, Eugene "Jack" Armstrong, 52, a native of Hillsdale, Mich., and Jack Hensley, 48, of Marietta, Ga.
And the hometown girl, mother, moviegoer, churchgoer, standard-bearer for women and critic of the war is pulling for the Bears in the Super Bowl.