Chelsea Clinton and the campaign trail

Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Hillary and Bill Clinton, has been a favorite surrogate of the campaign. This is fine. But can somebody help me? Explain to me how you’re not prepared for a Monica Lewinsky question. Today, Chelsea got her second Monica Lewinsky question of the week. She was as abrupt as she was nearly a week ago.

First let me say, the question was classless. Again, we are a society that watches FEAR Factor and Montel. We are a society that spends more time on Britney Spears and American Idol than we do of evaluating candidates for president of the United States. Therefore, the lurid side of the Clintons is irresistible to some Americans.

Knowing America, how was it that Chelsea Clinton was not prepared for this question? Wasn’t there a way for her to be articulate, thoughtful and yet not answer the question? Something like — our society is obsessed with the sex lives of celebrities and unfortunately presidents. Most of us know more about the Anna Nicole Smith custody battle and the fact that Britney Spears lost her visitation rights and that she got them back there we go about health care policy, something that affects almost every American. I’m here to talk about the policies of my mother and the presidency of my father. I will not discuss their private lives or my reaction to their private lives. Thank you for respecting my choice.

Was that so hard? Isn’t this a professional campaign? Did Chelsea go to Harvard?

I’m thinking that a thoughtful answer is much better than – “It’s none of your business,” she said. “That is something that is personal to my family. I’m sure there are things that are personal to your family that you don’t think are anyone else’s business either.”