Hillary Clinton, in response to the issue of whether her staffers planted questions in the audience of her appearances, said "Well it was news to me. And neither I nor my campaign approve of that. And it will certainly not be tolerated." (FoxNews.com, NewsMax)
OK... so when various levels of the Bush administration and the military were confronted with issues such as the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, it was not an acceptable answer to say that they did not realize what their subordinates (oft times many levels below their own) were doing. So the (un-planted) question now becomes, are you or are you not responsible for the actions of people in your organization?
And now we hear from Hillary's senior campaign spokesman, Mo Elleithee, that “The senator had no idea.” How believable is this? Is someone perhaps taking the fall for her? I'm sure it wouldn't be the first time.
Mo is a founding partner of Hilltop Public Solutions, a company that specializes in public relations campaigns. According to the site, he is also a "veteran of a half dozen major campaigns of the past eight years." So is this something that happens all the time? If so, wouldn't Mo say so? Or is this something that is specific to Hillary and co.? Wouldn't we like to know! In the mean time, we will have to continue...
... thinking between the lines.