Clinton on Drivers’ Licenses for Illegals

On a second viewing, this exchange is absolutely devastating:

In case you had better things to do with your time last night, here’s a quick recap. Tim Russert asked Clinton why she told a New Hampshire newspaper that Gov. Spitzer’s plan to give drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants made sense. After Clinton defended the plan, Chris Dodd said he opposed it.

Clinton then interjected, “I did not say that it should be done, but I certainly recognize why Gov. Spitzer is trying to do it,”

Dodd was dumbfounded. “Wait a minute, you said, yes, you thought it made sense to do it,” he responded.

“No, I didn’t Chris,” she said in denial.

After an exchange, Russert asked Clinton once again whether she supported the Spitzer plan. “You know, Tim, this is where everybody plays gotcha,” an exaspered Clinton snapped. “It makes a lot of sense. What is the governor supposed to do?”

So to sum up: Clinton said the plan made sense and defended it; then said she didn’t support the plan, but understands Spitzer’s rationale; then she denied ever saying the plan made sense; then she accused Russert of playing “gotcha” and once again said the plan made sense. All in a span of three minutes. Wow.