No wonder Hillary doesn’t often answer non-scripted or non-preapproved questions. While she continues to claim mountains of “experience” from her time as first wifey and her brief stint as junior Senator from New York, look how she fumbles basic facts about globally-significant events:
Blitzer: This is a damning indictment of President Pervez Musharraf. Some are calling on him to step down, do you believe he should step down?
Clinton: What I believe is that he should meet certain conditions and quickly. We should immediately move to free and fair elections. Obviously, it’s going to take some time for Benazir Bhutto’s party to choose a successor. Nawaz Sharif has said that he won’t participate at this time. I believe again some kind of international support for free and fair elections in a timely manner would be incredibly important. If President Musharraf wishes to stand for election, then he should abide by the same rules that every other candidate will have to follow.
Psst, Hillary, Musharraf was actually reelected in October, and the upcoming Pakistani elections are parliamentary, not presidential.
Of course, Hillary’s campaign tried to pretend the gaffe wasn’t a gaffe at all:
The Clinton campaign has not yet returned a request for comment on Biden’s comments, but said yesterday the New York Democrat was referring to Musharraf’s party, not himself in particular.
Oh really? That’s interesting considering when George Stephanopoulos asked Hillary on ABC’s This Week show about the possibility that Pakistan’s (Parliamentary) elections scheduled for January 8th might be postponed, she said:
STEPHANOPOULOS: So we don’t need the elections on the 8th?
CLINTON: Well, I think it will be very difficult to have a real election. You know, Nawaz Sharif has said he’s not going to compete. The PPP is in disarray with Benazir’s assassination. (Musharraf) could be the only person on the ballot. I don’t think that’s a real election.
Hillarys’ foreign policy experience was unavailable for comment.