Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Clinton, Press Reach New Low In Relationship


In a dispatch to the WSJ’s Washington Wire blog, Calmes reported from the workspace set aside for reporters during Clinton’s “Texas-sized townhall” yesterday evening: the men’s room of Austin’s Berger Activity Center. The five-hour-long water-closeting was the result of an apparent error (the room had been described to her as a “locker-room space,” an “abjectly apologetic” Clinton press aide, Jamie Smith, told reporters), and the press “were mostly amused” by the scene..... At one point during Water(Closet)gate, Time’s Karen Tumulty reported, “a gentleman just wandered in, expecting to use the facilities, and looked very startled to see three dozen reporters typing away on their laptops.

This, lest we forget, is the organization of the "tested, experienced, ready to go on day one" candidate.


Keith Raffel said...

Is it April Fool's Day?

Kate Hathway said...

That's just sad - as you say, "ready to go."
I'm also ticked off by the "what if the phone rings at 3am" crap. If it rang at noon would she concede that maybe Obama could handle it, but at 3am, only she could? And why would that be? If she's trying to touch a tiny cord of women who've had children having to take care of 'a crisis' in the middle of the night, how could she not remember that after the first 2 nights like that, no one can be sharp, coherent, and fully capable of functioning in the morning, afternoon, or evening. I'm so not impressed, and as usual, disappointed in the people of my home state of Ohio.

Mark Terry said...

I'm trying to decide if the media would be that annoyed by it. Compared to some locations, the restroom might actually work out pretty well--easy access to facilities and plenty of water. After being cooped up in planes and buses for a long time, not having to share one toilet with 25 other people might actually be a treat. (You think I'm kidding, but I'm not. I used to work in a laboratory where 40 or 50 of us shared 2 toilets and if they were tied up long and you were in urgent need, you had to go to a different floor of the building, typically from the 4th floor to the basement).

I suppose a lot of it depends on if the media viewed it as an intentional insult or just one of those oddities that goes along with the campaign coverage.