What’s more surprising, the Messiah fumbling the topic that waylaid the Glacier at the last debate or ending up the butt of a huge laugh line from CNN’s most mild-mannered anchor? The Clinton camp reportedly went wild as this played out; Obama’s supporters are already spinning, claiming that he was perfectly firm in saying that he supports licenses for public safety reasons — which doesn’t explain the hedge in the middle where he notes that he’s not proposing anything. Is he making a federalist argument, that he supports licenses at the state level but doesn’t want the feds involved? That’s what it sounds like.

They can rattle off the particulars of complex, multi-billion-dollar health care plans, but toss them a softball on an issue that lies in no man’s land between popular opposition and “tolerance” and watch them waver.

Note Hillary’s very direct answer at the end.

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