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December 01, 2007

AP: Hillary Is The Man!

In a report that would make even Keith Olberman blush in embarrassment for its over the top praise of Hillary, the AP letís us know that yesterday was a defining moment for Ms. Inevitability.

At least they had the decency to label it Ďanalysisí (though "love note" might have been more accurate) and not just pawn it off as news as they usually do.

When the hostages had been released and their alleged captor arrested, a regal-looking Hillary Rodham Clinton strolled out of her Washington home, the picture of calm in the face of crisis.

The image, broadcast just as the network news began, conveyed the message a thousand town hall meetings and campaign commercials strive forónamely, that the Democratic presidential contender can face disorder in a most orderly manner.

"I am very grateful that this difficult day has ended so well," she declared as she stood alone at the microphone.

Little more than three hours later, just in time for the 11 p.m. local news, Clinton reaffirmed that perspective. In New Hampshire, she embraced her staffers and their families, and lauded the law enforcement officials who brought a siege at her local campaign headquarters to a peaceful conclusion.

It was a vintage example of a candidate taking a negative and turning it into a positive. And coming just six weeks before the presidential voting begins, the timing could hardly have been more beneficial to someone hoping to stave off a loss in the Iowa caucuses and secure a win in the New Hampshire primary.

Did writer Glen Johnson ask Hillary what flavor jelly she liked before tossing her salad?

In fairness, I think Clinton did exactly what she needed to do, get out of the way, stay in touch with authorities and provide whatever the police or affected families needed. So does she deserve praise for that? Um okay, I guess. It is not however a Profiles in Courage moment by any stretch.

Obama and Edwards must really hate this. The only way they could attack her on this is if she started claiming credit thus making it an issue. But she hasnít done anything here. She didnít have to, the AP did it for her.

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