Senator Clinton (though I don't support her) actually lost a great chance to gain votes during the strangely scripted ABC debate. All she needed to do, after a couple of questions, would have been to say: "George and Charles, neither Senator Obama or myself or the American people benefit from these kinds of questions. Can we please move on to a more substantive debate?" It would have been a stellar moment for her and her campaign, no doubt taking back some high ground from Obama. Her failure to do so sadly reinforces what is now becoming an almost universal perception of her shallow politics.