She reminisces about the death of Martin Luther King:
"...I will never forget where I was when I heard Dr. King had been killed. I was a junior in college and I remember hearing about it and just feeling such despair,” Clinton said, pausing, her voice quivering.
“I walked into my dorm room and took my book bag and hurled it across the room. It felt like everything had been shattered, like we would never be able to put the pieces together again."
The business with the book bag was over the top. It made her words seem contrived and false. She doesn't have what both her husband and Barack Obama have in abundance, the ability to express (or simulate) her feelings in a way that connects with her audience.
No doubt she was upset upon hearing about the murder of King. We all were. But she had to add that detail that went too far. What she should have said:
"..I will never forget where I was when I heard Dr. King had been killed." Pause. Silence.
Of course Bill and Barack can babble this kind of nonsense by the carload, and get the audience all misty-eyed. She can't.
I personally do not equate her with Katherine de Medici and do not believe she eats small children alive. But she has what Nixon had, an absolute tin ear. Whatever Nixon said, you didn't believe it--and I am one who voted for the guy.
Ht to Tim Blair.