Asked very pointedly to name the handpicked Russian successor to Vladimir Putin, Clinton waffled and groped before offering a mauled rendition of the man's name - Dmitri Medvedev."
Clinton's tone was tough, but her language was measured and her shots aimed mainly at differences of substance between the two. But she betrayed her frustration when she suggested the news media were part of a pile-on against her.
"Can I just point out that in the last several debates, I seem to get the first question all the time," Clinton complained to moderator Brian Williams and Tim Russert.
"I'll be happy to field them, but I do find it curious, and if anybody saw 'Saturday Night Live,' you know, maybe we should ask Barack if he's comfortable and needs another pillow," she said, prompting a smattering of laughs and boos."
"Obviously, Clinton believes the press is biased in favor of Obama. It's a charge her team has made frequently. Yet her raising it with a victim's tone came off as a plea for sympathy - not an endearing quality in someone who wants to be President. A President is supposed to feel sympathy for the people, not the other way around."
"If she becomes overly aggressive, she looks frantic," said Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University.
The solution: "She has to stop being the attack dog and show that emotional side that won New Hampshire for her," one pessimistic Hillaryista argues. "That's what people like about her, and I haven't seen it again."
The GOP strategist concurs, calling her best play the "cry if you have to" strategy."
Interesting listening to the female pundits whinging on and on about how Hillary isn't allowed to be this, or isn't allowed to be that, because she's a woman.
They pay no attention to the fact that she's already had several Howard Dean moments that have been overlooked because of her agenda, that she's weeped and gotten away with it, and how she, with absolutely NO experience in running anything other than a Save-Bill-From-The-Gal's-He's Molested fund, and is only in the race because she happened to be married to an ex-President.
Yeah. She's been unfairly treated because of her gender.
Let some other nobody from Arkansas expect to be crowned master of the universe and see how far they get.