And then it hit me:
Sen. Clinton really didn’t know that the upcoming elections were for individual seats in Pakistan’s parliament. She actually believed that Bhutto, Nawaz and Musharraf would be facing off as individual candidates for leadership of the country in the upcoming elections.
Sen. Clinton didn’t know that Nawaz Sharif isn’t allowed to run for office in Pakistan because of a felony conviction. She didn’t know that President Musharraf won’t be on the ballot because he’s already been elected.
Sen. Clinton, a candidate for the leadership of the free world, apparently doesn’t know the first thing about the country referred to by some as “the most dangerous place on earth.”
I am waiting with bated breath to see how the L.A. Times covers this. I looked tonight to see if there was anything online about it yet. I did find an article that noted the fact that Mike Huckabee had stumbled earlier in the month in commenting on Pakistan. The same article described the unstable situation in Pakistan as a plus for Clinton, because she is considered so great on foreign affairs.
But I could find nothing on Hillary’s numerous gaffes on Pakistan — at least through and including their January 1, 2008 edition.
Surely, they’re hard at work on something about it.
After all, when George W. Bush failed a pop quiz in 1999 regarding the names of the leaders of Chechnya, Taiwan, India and Pakistan, the L.A. Times thought it was worth an article. And a follow-up. And another follow-up. And some Page A1 commentary from Ron Brownstein.
Hillary’s comments about Pakistan are more worrisome than Bush’s poor performance on the 1999 pop quiz. After all, the current election situation in Pakistan is more critical than a pop quiz regarding the names of world leaders. And Hillary’s statements were unforced errors, not the answers to a pop quiz.
So I’m expecting at least four “Hillary doesn’t know squat about Pakistan” pieces in the L.A. Times over the next couple of weeks.
(Thanks again to D.J.)
UPDATE: Nothing in the paper through January 2.