I watched a bit of Hillary on Tim Russert's show yesteday morning while I was prepping pancakes. I only watched the part where she talked about Iraq, and I think she did a decent job of defending her vote in favor on the authorization of military force in Iraq on the merits of the legislation itself. Basically, she said that she was voting for the threat of military force so that we could get inspectors into Iraq, and she lay the blame for the misuse of that authorization squarely at the foot of the president.
Which is fine, as far as it goes.
But if we take her at her word and boil this justification down to its essence, it's that she trusted Bush to do the right thing, and he didn't. And that shows a naivete which doesn't match up with her claim of great experience and judgment.
On the other hand, if we believe that she has the experience and judgment to "get things done" in Washington, then the only plausible explanation for her vote was as a political maneuver to cover her ass, made necessary by the same conservative political machine that has McCain kissing Jerry Falwell's ass, etc. Which doesn't make her look like she's very effective at fighting for us in Washington.
Either way, it's a problem.
Now, don't get me wrong. I like Hillary well enough. But I cannot, off the top of my head, think of a single time in her life where she's taken a principled stand that actually cost her something, and that bothers me. If you can, though, please post it in the comments. There's a chance she'll be our nominee in the fall, and I'd like to be happier about it.