THE SHOE FITS AND HILLARY CLINTON TOOK IT OFF AND THREW IT AT JOHN EDWARDS; SHE MISSED
Everyone I know is pissed off at Carl Levin, the poor stooge carrying the Senate Democrats' pathetic, toothless, symbolic, nonbinding resolution that will tell Bush "tsk, tsk." Sooner or later this is going to spill over and start burning the Democrats who would be presidente. In fact... sooner.
Today's New York Birdcage Liner has a great story called "Hill Jabs At John". Actually it was one of Clinton's flacks, Howard Wolfson and he whined that "in 2004, John Edwards used to constantly brag about running a positive campaign. Today, he has unfortunately chosen to open his campaign with political attacks on Democrats who are fighting the Bush administration's Iraq policy." Isn't that slick? Well, slick, you just elevated a certain ex-senator from North Carolina quite a bit in New York City.
Edwards hadn't actually mentioned Clinton and his critique was no doubt meant for most of his sittin'-on-the-fence, wet-fingers-in-the-air rivals, not just her. "Silence is betrayal, and I believe it is a betrayal not to speak out against the escalation of the war in Iraq," Edwards told a crowd at Manhattan's Riverside Church, where Martin Luther King had declared his opposition to the Vietnam War. "If you're in Congress and you know that this war is going in the wrong direction... it is no longer OK to study your options and keep your own private counsel. Silence is betrayal. Speak out and stop this escalation now."
That's the message Democrats want to hear. Hillary knows that but she's checking to see if it's also the message non-Democrats want to hear. If it is, expect her to run to the front of the parade... any day now.
UPDATE: BILL RICHARDSON FAVORS STOPPING BUSH, NOT JUST THE SYMBOLIC BULLSHIT
I just passed a TV and Wolf Blitzer was interviewing New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. I only heard one question, something like: "Do you favor using the power of the purse to prevent Bush from sending more troops to Iraq?" That got my attention. Richardson didn't hesitate or fudge. "Yes," was the short answer and then he went into why. Maybe it's easier for a governor than a senator but it's the only right answer and no answer is a wrong answer.