Having Your Social Security and Eating It Too
This story about Hillary Clinton refusing to answer a question about social security from the podium, but then changing her answer when she met with the questioner privately, reminded me of something I witnessed back in early 1994 when Joel Hyatt ran U.S. Senator in Ohio.
A friend of mine who was a recent grad of John Carroll University got me into a luncheon with candidate Hyatt. There were maybe only about 20 of us, and except for my friend and me (and Hyatt), I think the people in attendance were all senior JCU faculty and administration.
Before that luncheon there was a speech followed by Q&A for the students. One of the students asked Hyatt about gun control. From the podium, Hyatt gave a fairly middle of the road answer, noncommital to any additional regulations or restrictions on gun ownership. Afterwards, that same student approached him, while a few students and I listened in. He sharpened his answer, favoring exploring additional retrictions while respecting the second amendment. But at the luncheon, behind closed doors, while talking to one of the Jesuits, I heard him say that we had to find a way to get rid of all the guns.
The other thing I noticed about Mr. Hyatt was that he only picked at his grilled chicken caesar salad, but he ate every bite of his chocolate cake.
I knew then that he would not be our senator. I know that moderating and finessing ones postions is hardly new among politicians running for office. But you can't be so sloppy as to take three different positions within one hour in front of the likes of me.
And now Hillary is being sloppy and doing it.
Chocolate cake, anyone?