In her defense, she is a pathological liar.

Over the last five weeks, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York has featured in her campaign stump speeches the story of a health care horror: an uninsured pregnant woman who lost her baby and died herself after being denied care by an Ohio hospital because she could not come up with a $100 fee.

The woman, Trina Bachtel, did die last August, two weeks after her baby boy was stillborn at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens, Ohio. But hospital administrators said Friday that Ms. Bachtel was under the care of an obstetrics practice affiliated with the hospital, that she was never refused treatment and that she was, in fact, insured…

Linda M. Weiss, a spokeswoman for the not-for-profit hospital, said the Clinton campaign had never contacted the hospital to check the accuracy of the story, which Mrs. Clinton had first heard from a Meigs County, Ohio, sheriff’s deputy in late February…

A Clinton spokesman, Mo Elleithee, said candidates would frequently retell stories relayed to them, vetting them when possible. “In this case, we did try but were not able to fully vet it,” Mr. Elleithee said. “If the hospital claims it did not happen that way, we respect that.”

Karen Tumulty at Time is shocked that Her Majesty’s crack research team couldn’t get to the bottom of this. To which I say: Why? They couldn’t figure out that Norman Hsu was a fugitive; they didn’t start pushing the Wright scandal until after Obama had taken an insurmountable delegate lead; they neglected to check the Tuzla story despite the availability of news footage that would have disproved it before she went out there and opened a major foreign policy speech with it. They’re incompetent, just like the strategic wing of the team was incompetent in not anticipating Obama’s operations in caucus states. Just like the financial wing of the team was incompetent in vastly overspending on underperforming assets, led as it was by Hillary’s hand-picked moron of a campaign manager who blew $30 mil on a senate race two years ago in which she was basically running unopposed. And this, in the context of supposedly being ready on day one. With all the idiots surrounding her, it’s a testament to the Clinton brand that she hasn’t imploded already. Soon enough.