03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Russert Surprises Candidates With Bill Clinton Torture Quote; Hillary Disagrees With Husband

There was a pretty great moment during yesterday's Dem debate that has already gotten a bit of attention but that really deserves its own video for posterity. It perfectly captures the Beltway punditocracy's inability to grasp the notion that the American public just doesn't view Hillary through the lense of Bill.

In it, Tim Russert sandbagged Hillary by reading a quote from an unnamed recent Meet the Press guest who approved of torture in extreme circumstances. After she disagreed with the quote, Russert flipped open his jack-in-the-box, informing her that the MTP guest she'd just disagreed with was...her hubby!

When Russert proceeded to ask whether this showed that she disagreed with Bill, Hillary offered a fairly straight forward comeback: Bill and I aren't the same person, Timmy.

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