For the record, I have no problem with the fact that, as a lawyer, Hillary Clinton defended a rapist. To the extent that she defends herself by pointing out that she was doing the job she was supposed to do, I think her defense works. It is a non-issue.
But in the same lecturing tone that she uses to explain to us the duties of a defense attorney, she states assuredly that she asked to be excused from taking the case. Without seeming to care she breezily contradicts her own earlier story. As with other aspects of this case, Clinton seems to lack class.
For those who don’t want to watch the video, here is Joe Scarborough’s reaction to Clinton’s “evolving” story, via The Daily Caller:
Hillary Clinton, we ran that clip where the suggestion was she was court appointed, she had no choice but to take this. Very clearly her own words from the Times said that she did it as a favor for a friend.”
“Hillary Clinton chose to do this,” he snapped. “This completely changes the conversation.”
Scarborough pointed out that many other female lawyers would not take the case. “And furthermore, I’m sure they wouldn’t brag about getting this child rapist a plea deal,” he said. “[She] also suggested she knew he was lying because he passed a polygraph test.”
What flabbergasts me about Hillary’s statement is that, in the face of dealing with the rape of a twelve-year-old girl, and knowing that her political future depends on winning over voters, she couldn’t keep her defense simple and consistent. She should have simply invoked the duties of a defense lawyer. That might not have been an adequate way to deal with how she sounded in the interview, but it would probably be the best she could do.
But she didn’t do that. She had to add a completely contradictory assertion into the story. She went from saying that she volunteered to take the case as a favor, to claiming she tried to turn the case down. This pretty much guarantees that everyone is going to focus on the fact that she took the case (as Scarborough does). She made the story worse by changing a detail in the story when the original story was already public record.
All I can figure is that, despite being defeated by Barack Obama, Clinton still has an incredible sense of entitlement. She is acting as if she plans to stroll into the Presidency without having to work hard.
If that sense of entitlement sabotages her campaign, then I am thankful for it.