It won’t come across on the transcript, but Sen. Hillary Clinton got angry during the debate tonight.
She was bickering with Sen. Barack Obama about their differences on health insurance, and whether Obama’s plan leaves millions of Americans uninsured.
And then she … well … she got angry.
Frankly, I don’t even really understand what she was saying. What I was getting was how angry she is. Not about an issue, so much, as about the fact that Obama is beating her.
The clip, I predict, will be played again and again and again.
Pundits will say that her tone made male voters recoil. And led some female voters to sneer.
Clinton people are spinning this as her projecting strength. I do not think that will be the widely-head view.
HERE’s THE VIDEO LINK, already posted by Clinton enemies and the debate isn’t even over yet.
Tell me what you think.
UPDATE: She just had another weird moment, too, where she seemed to blame Natalie Sarkisyan’s death on John Edwards’ inability to get the Patients Bill of Rights passed in the House.
I should add that this angry Hillary Clinton is NOT one I’ve ever seen at the Senate, on the stump, or in interviews. But I feel her performance tonight, in contrast to Obama’s coolness and Edwards’ Southern drawl, feeds into stereotypes about her. She tried to address this by dismissing "likeability" as a factor — that Americans in 2000 would have preferred to have a beer with George W. Bush than Al Gore, and look how that worked out. But still.