When Russerts Attack [VIDEO]

The standout performance of the Dems' debate in Ohio was Tim Russert's repeated tirades at the candidates for not answering his clownish questions.
In the last post, we talked a bit about how Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama did in last night's debate in Cleveland. But I'd remiss if I neglected to note how truly awful Tim Russert was as a moderator. His performance was rather embarrassing -- for all of us.

This had to be one of my favorite exchanges of any of the Dems' 20 debates.
MR. RUSSERT: I want to ask both of you this question, then. If we -- if this scenario plays out and the Americans get out in total and al Qaeda resurges and Iraq goes to hell, do you hold the right, in your mind as American president, to re-invade, to go back into Iraq to stabilize it?
SEN. CLINTON: You know, Tim, you ask a lot of hypotheticals. And I believe that what's -
MR. RUSSERT: But this is reality.
SEN. CLINTON: No -- well, it isn't reality. You're making lots of different hypothetical assessments.
Clinton shouldn't have had to explain the difference between a hypothetical question and a real-life scenario, but Russert was clearly confused.

Alas, it only got worse. Much worse.
Steve Benen is a freelance writer/researcher and creator of The Carpetbagger Report. In addition, he is the lead editor of's Blog Report, and has been a contributor to Talking Points Memo, Washington Monthly, Crooks & Liars, The American Prospect, and the Guardian.
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