Hillary Clinton became emotional Monday while discussing the campaign in New Hampshire. According to several polls, she now trails Barack Obama, who appears to be gaining momentum. “I just don’t want to see us fall backward as a nation,” she said as her emotions rose.

A critical viewer might notice that at one point, Hillary used almost the same language as John Edwards did during his most successful moment of the last debate. The New York senator said: “I mean, this is very personal for me. Not just political. I see what’s happening. We have to reverse it.”

And while we don’t want to cynically dismiss a candidate’s emotional display as calculation, we are obligated to point out, as Newsweek did, that the talk took place before 16 voters and “about 100 members of the media.” Though we suppose that’s par for the course in New Hampshire.


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