One of the most fascinating questions during Hillary Clinton's hour-long interview with NBC's Tim Russert on Meet the Press Sunday was her refusal to say if her competitors would be able to hit the ground running if they were elected president.
At first, I thought I was reading too much in her refusal to answer that question, but apparently Russert saw it the same way I did since he just posed the same question to her and she muffed it again. She answered the question in the same fashion as she did Sunday, saying it would be up to the voters to decide if Barack Obama or John Edwards would be ready on the first day, sidestepping much too obviously Russert's question.
I wish the same question would have been addressed to Edwards and Obama.
As far as the debate itself, it has been a revelation. The candidates are quietly talking and addressing issues and not just citing slogans and hitting all of the talking points. This is the way politics should be. Brian Williams and Tim Russert have helped with questions that seem to be designed to bring out possible presidential qualities in the contenders (or show their lack thereof) rather than going for the cheap "gotcha" questions that marred CNN's YouTube debates.