Davenport, Iowa--Hillary Rhodam Clinton left caucus-goers here esterday believing that Bubba had given her a baptism by fire in how to deal with "evil and bad men."
Clinton's quip, made during a morning rally with about 500 Iowans, drew 31 seconds of straight laughter and applause that left little doubt among attendees that she'd made a joke at hubby Bill Clinton's expense.
The one-liner came in response to a question shouted at the former first lady from the audience asking whether she had the mettle and experience to deal with evil and rotten men -- like terrorist Osama bin Laden and the tyrants of North Korea and Iran.
Clinton grabbed the mike and told the audience that the questioner wanted to know "what in my background equips me to deal with evil and bad men." She then smiked, raised her eyebrows and nodded knowingly at the questioner.
Her nod and the ensuing eruption of laughter had rally-goers convinced she was talking about her husband, whose Oval Office affair with intern Monica Lewinsky exploded into the Sexgate scandal and led to impeaachment proceedings.
God, she's smart. She is so smart.
"This was [Bush's]decision to go to war with an ill-conceived plan and an incompetently executed strategy," she said, adding, "We expect him to extricate our country from this before he leaves office."
Clinton said it would be "the height of irresponsibility" to pass along the war to the next commander-in-chief.
The White House condemned her comments as a partisan attack that undermines U.S. troops.
On the race to succeed Bush, Clinton joked that the kickoff caucus is "the only thing I'll do in politics that Bill has not done" - because he bowed out of Iowa in 1992 for fear of favorite-son Sen. Tom Harkin, who won the caucus but fizzled out afterward.
Coming across as likeable - and electable - goes a long way in Iowa for Clinton, who, despite being the front-runner in national Democratic polls, trails rivals John Edwards and Barack Obama in Hawkeye State polls. And Clinton's act over the weekend may be a tough one to follow.
"I'm very impressed. Barack Obama will have to show something above and beyond to surpass what I heard today," said Sandra Frericks, a retired financial planner from Bluegrass, Iowa.
BTW, an unrelated funny:
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House has stood by President George W. Bush's plan to send more troops to Iraq, despite growing public opposition and a chorus of criticism from lawmakers in Congress.
I didn't even know that was an option.
Edited by ScottEVill, 29 January 2007 - 02:02 PM.