Monday, June 16, 2008

Russert's 'simple questions'

Remembering Tim Russert's influence on the 2008 election in my latests article at The American Spectator:
Polls in late October showed Sen. Hillary Clinton comfortably leading the Democratic presidential field. For all his talk of "hope" and "change," Sen. Barack Obama was trailing Hillary by ten points in the most recent Iowa poll, and the "inevitability" argument was still on the side of the front-running former First Lady.
And then Tim Russert asked a simple question.
"Senator Clinton, Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer has proposed giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants," the NBC host said in an Oct. 30 Democratic debate at Philadelphia's Drexel University. "You told the Nashua, New Hampshire editorial board it makes a lot of sense. Why does it make a lot of sense to give an illegal immigrant a driver's license?"
Those three sentences -- 46 words -- arguably transformed the entire campaign. . . .
By all means, read the whole thing.

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