Kevin Cullen, Hillary Clinton, and Sinbad Walk into a Bar. . .

1205267768So that whole Democratic nomination thing is still happening. Like a couple of kids in the backseat on a long road trip, the candidates are getting a little punchy. Current second-place finisher Hillary Clinton has offered leading contender Barack Obama the vice presidential slot on her hypothetical ticket. Obama immediately scoffed at her presumption.

The media is the weary parent in the front seat of this journey, which stops in Mississippi tonight.

Most of the focus has been on the so-called dream ticket, but the media is also paying close attention to what Clinton actually did when she was First Lady. In yesterday’s Globe, Kevin Cullen blasted Clinton’s claims that she helped broker peace in Northern Ireland.

To suggest Hillary Clinton was a major player in ending what the Irish in their penchant for understatement called the Troubles is like saying Eleanor Roosevelt played a big role in ending World War II.


[S]he was there on that magical night in 1995, when native son Van Morrison serenaded the crowd outside Belfast City Hall. But, using her logic, you could say Van the Man, a good Prod from East Belfast, did as much as Hillary Clinton to bring peace to Northern Ireland.


But Cullen isn’t the only one taking issue with Clinton’s experiences. Sinbad (yes, the stand-up comedian and star of Jingle All the Way) took issue with the candidate’s claims that she had a rough landing during a wartime visit to Bosnia in 1996.

Turns out the comedian, who was along for the ride with Sheryl Crow, remembers things differently, the Washington Post reports. “I never felt that I was in a dangerous position,” Sinbad said. “I never felt being in a sense of peril, or ‘Oh, God, I hope I’m going to be OK when I get out of this helicopter or when I get out of this tank.’ “

Not since John Kerry, Joe Biden, and Chuck Hagel were stranded on a helicopter have we wanted so desperately to be on board a military vehicle. The eavesdropping on that trip must have been incredible.