You sit back down as it dawns on you. Hillary Clinton really is so desperate to beat Barack Obama that she's willing to resort to the grossest fear-mongering on a level with Johnson's Daisy ad. She's so obsessed with winning the primary that she can't see the obvious implications of her ad for the general election. If the election really is all about protecting our children from terrorism as the ad implies, and if that means we're too afraid to elect Obama, then since she's only marginally more qualified than Obama is, why on earth would we vote for either of them when the alternative is John McCain?
If this is what Clinton is reduced to at this point — if she can't do better than suicidally playing into the hands of the Republicans — then maybe it's time for her to reassess her priorities and get the hell out of the election before she does any more harm to her own reputation and the prospects for her party in the general election.
Desperation doesn't win elections and this kind of an ad isn't an example of the quality of leadership the country needs. If this is all Hillary Clinton has left, then it's 3 a.m. for her campaign and the phone call ought to be reality telling her it's time to call it a night.