Background: Last week in the Obama/Clinton/Edwards debate in Nevada, each candidate was asked to name his or her biggest weakness. Here's how it went down:
Obama answered first, saying he has a messy desk and needs help managing paperwork — something his opponents have since used to suggest he's not up to managing the country. John Edwards said his biggest weakness is that he has a powerful response to seeing pain in others, and Clinton said she gets impatient to bring change to America.
"Because I'm an ordinary person, I thought that they meant, 'What's your biggest weakness?'" Obama said to laughter from a packed house at Rancho High School. "If I had gone last I would have known what the game was. And then I could have said, 'Well, ya know, I like to help old ladies across the street. Sometimes they don't want to be helped. It's terrible.'"
I missed that part of the debate, but I did see another highlight: Clinton's response when she had to defend voting for a 2001 bankruptcy bill.
"She says, 'I voted for it but I was glad to see that it didn't pass.' What does that mean?" [Obama] asked, again drawing laughter from the crowd and himself. "No seriously, what does that mean? If you didn't want to see it passed, then you can vote against it! People don't say what they mean."