Thursday, July 05, 2007

It's not fair!!! We're anti-war too

In his role as campaign prop, former US President Bill Clinton has been complaining “it’s just not fair” the way his wife and nomination hopeful Hillary Clinton, is being depicted for her controversial Iraq war vote. He argued that: “It’s just not fair to say that people who voted for the resolution wanted war.” His problem is that Obama has taken ownership of the anti-war stance, becoming "the raging hero of the anti-war crowd on the Internet" according to Bill Clinton: for analysis see more from Chris Matthews below.

The problem, it is argued, is that the war is a clear wedge issue and Obama's consistent line has earned respect while Hilary Clinton has been accused of back-pedalling and, the ultimate crime, flip-flopping (the accusation that dogged, and became synonymous with, John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign). And that is perhaps the problem here, will this be something her opponent will use against her if she becomes the Democrat nominee and if that fear is widespread among Democrats will this increase support for Obama?

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