Christopher Hitchens and Hugh Hewitt chatting recently:
HH: Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, they all urged Republicans to cross over and vote for her. I was on vacation last week, so I also left the walls at the wrong time. And they have no idea what they’ve unleashed, I don’t think. I think that she now will cudgel Obama. They will take him apart digit by digit. What do you think?
CH: Yeah, I think so, too. I mean, I think that if the vote had been held, say, last Thursday or Friday even, he might have kept up with the momentum. But in the…she made the most extraordinary use of the intervening time, and he made some mistakes that colluded with her. His press conference in Chicago about this corrupt and possibly Iraqi-connected…
From the Hillary camp, moments ago, spotlighting a Politico report:
For all the chatter about Obama adviser Samantha Power’s calling Clinton a “monster,” another set of remarks made on her book tour in the United Kingdom may be equally threatening to the Obama campaign: Comments in a BBC interview that express a lack of confidence that Obama will be able to carry through his plan to withdraw troops from Iraq within 16 months.
“He will, of course, not rely on some plan that he’s crafted as a presidential candidate or a U.S. Senator,” she said at one point in the interview.
Power downplayed Obama’s commitment to quick withdrawal from Iraq on Hard Talk, a program that often exceeds any of the U.S. talk shows in the rigor of its grillings. She was challenged on Obama’s Iraq plan, as it appears on his website, which says that Obama “will remove one to two combat brigades each month, and have all of our combat brigades out of Iraq within 16 months.”
“What he’s actually said, after meting with the generals and meeting with intelligence professionals, is that you – at best case scenario – will be able to withdraw one to two combat brigades each month. That’s what they’re telling him. He will revisit it when he becomes president,” Power says.
The host, Stephen Sackur, challenged her: “So what the American public thinks is a commitment to get combat forces out in 16 months isn’t a commitment isn’t it?”
“You can’t make a commitment in March 2008 about what circumstances will be like in January of 2009,” she said. “He will, of course, not rely on some plan that he’s crafted as a presidential candidate or a U.S. Senator. He will rely upon a plan – an operational plan – that he pulls together in consultation with people who are on the ground to whom he doesn’t have daily access now, as a result of not being the president. So to think – it would be the height of ideology to sort of say, ‘Well, I said it, therefore I’m going to impose it on whatever reality greets me.’”
“It’s a best-case scenario,” she said again.
For the first time in a long time, it looks like she might take him down. Test that campaign for steroids, because they’ve gotten back into fighting shape in a mysteriously fast manner.