Video Sunday III

(comedy central skewers Bush, and taunts congress)

(Obama in Oakland)

(John Edwards, Culinary workers wages)

(Big Dog)

Speaking of the Big Dog (Bill Clinton), many of us are saying “sorry sir, we love you but“…) in response to his plea for us to not hold Hillary’s war resolution vote against her.

In response to a question from one of the supporters on the phone about explaining Hillary Clinton’s Iraq vote to undecided voters, the former president jumped in front of former Democratic Party Chairman Terry McAuliffe, saying, “Let me answer this.”

He said he had re-read the Iraq resolution last week, and that his wife had voted only for “coercive inspections.” Clinton justified his wife’s refusal to apologize for her vote by explaining that she was acting out of concern that future presidents might need similar language authorizing “coercive inspections to avoid conflict.”

“It’s just not fair to say that people who voted for the resolution wanted war,” Clinton said.

The former president also quoted an interview with Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) in this month’s GQ magazine, explaining that Hagel’s justification for his vote on the war is very similar to Hillary Clinton’s. “All these people who criticize Hillary all the time all love Hagel for being a critic of the war,” Clinton said.

The anti-war left continues to be a thorn in the side of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, protesting at most of her events. Most recently, a protester from the Code Pink group interrupted her $2.7 million fundraiser in Washington Tuesday night before being removed by security.

The former president’s phone call made it clear that the Clinton campaign is working furiously to overcome what it understands is a serious vulnerability. His re-reading of the 2002 Iraq war resolution and his use of a clipping from a glossy magazine make it plain that he did not want to miss a trick.

The difference between Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-Ill.) war position has moved front and center as the two, or at least their representatives, have scuffled in recent days over Obama’s perceived status as the anti-war candidate.

A couple of extra comments: whereas I agree that “giving the President the authority to shoot, if necessary was not an agreement to allow him to shoot ourselves in the foot”, those who voted for the resolution either

  • Had to know that Bush would go to war or
  • Lacked the judgement to know that Bush would go to war

Which is worse?

Notice that John Edwards has not been bogged down by this. Why?

John Edwards repeated yesterday that he believes he was wrong to help give President Bush the authority to wage war on Iraq.

Edwards, a former North Carolina senator, is the only one of the 2008 Democratic contenders who voted for the Iraq war in 2003 who won’t get a chance to vote for any of the anti-war resolutions coming before Congress soon.

He began drawing attention to his vote in fall 2005, writing an op-ed piece in the Washington Post that began with, “I was wrong.”

“It wasn’t just the weapons of mass destruction I was wrong about,” he said yesterday on NBC’s Meet The Press. “It’s become absolutely clear – and I’m very critical of myself for this – become absolutely clear, looking back, that I should not have given the president this authority.”

I WAS WRONG! President Clinton, we don’t want another 4-8 years of “the decider”.


March 25, 2007 - Posted by | edwards, hillary clinton, obama, politics/social

1 Comment »

  1. I love John Stewart and Comedy Central…they are more real news than the Faux News Channel. Love Bill too and I’d follow him anywhere. Truly I know lots and lots of people who were taken in by the wmd ploy but I can honestly say that I wasn’t. I never believed that crap for a minute.

    Comment by Rose | March 26, 2007 | Reply

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