I've been thinking about the last few days - and how to take on the Clinton smear machine.
Over the last two weeks, we've gone from "I'm proud to share the stage with Obama", to "Well, he's not a Muslim - as far as I know", "Shame on you, Barack Obama", "I have the experience to be President, John McCain has the experience to be President - and Barack Obama has speeches". Then there was the Nafta affair, which we now know was pretty much a smear on Obama - even though he had done nothing wrong.
Nice Hilary left the stage at the debates, and now it's nasty Hilary, all the time.
The problem is - how to fight this?
Kill her with kindness.
Every time she goes negative, instead of trying to do a "Well, she's blah, blah, blah", be nice. Say "Well, I'm sure she doesn't want to release her tax returns because she values a person's privacy, and feels that if you don't have anything to hide, why bother?"
If she hits you up about experience, discuss "You know, it's wonderful that she and John McCain have more in common - who's value she shares, such as voting for the war in Iraq, or voting to assist the finance industry by making bankruptcy harder for people."
Be nice - while you're being nasty. Rise above the "ugh, Monster" frey, and look down at her from the clouds with sad pity.
Then move on - and win.