Hillary’s gay “plant”

There’s a kerfuffle over the fact that one of the just plain folks allowed to question the Republican candidates at last night’s debate was actually connected to the Hillary Clinton campaign. As the Politico’s Kenneth Vogel reports: "The retired general who asked about gays and lesbians serving in the military at the CNN/YouTube Republican debate on Wednesday is a co-chairman of Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s National Military Veterans group."

Well, why not have a debate in which representatives from each campaign ask the other candidates questions? People who volunteer for presidential candidates tend to be well-informed, and they can’t possibly be more fixated on horse-race strategy and "gotcha!" questions than the mainstream press is. Is the press making a big deal over Hillary’s "plant" in the audience because they’re protecting their turf?

By the way, Kerr asked a question that doesn’t seem out of bounds: “Why [do] you think that American men and women in uniform are not professional enough to serve with gays and lesbians?” And I really doubt that the Clinton campaign, which is trying not to seem too liberal to win in November, planted this particular question.