Last Updated Mar 29, 2008 11:49 PM EDT
So how could it be that Chelsea Clinton had such a lame answer when she was asked about it at a campus campaign appearance this week?
Here's the exchange via the Associated Press [slightly edited by me to put it in Q&A form]:
Butler University student: "[What's your opinion of] the criticism of [your] mother of how she handled the Lewinsky scandal [and how it] might be a sign of weakness and she might not be a strong enough candidate to be president?"Terrible answer!
Chelsea: "Wow, you're the first person actually that's ever asked me that question in the, I don't know maybe, 70 college campuses I've now been to, and I do not think that is any of your business."
First of all, you don't insult the questioner.
Second, you have to have a much better answer than "none of your business." Because actually, it's definitely his business -- Hillary is running for president and he's a voter. Chelsea is her daughter and campaigning publicly on her behalf.
Third, the exchange tells me that she wasn't prepped for this question. I can't believe that Clinton's handlers told her to go the "none of your business" route. It makes her look childish [and therefore not a credible surrogate for her mother] and once again, it has us talking.
How about this for a better answer:
"What happened between my parents is personal and private. But I think mom has demonstrated the strength of her leadership time and time again, both as First Lady and in the Senate, and I think she's going to make a great President."