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Friday, May 25, 2007

Obama v. McCain - An 18 Month Pissing Match?

From MotherJones....

After Barack Obama opposed the recently-approved war funding bill that replaces timelines for withdrawal with toothless benchmarks, John McCain said the position was "the equivalent of waving a white flag to al Qaeda." Mitt Romney also had harsh words.

Obama responded:

"This country is united in our support for our troops, but we also owe them a plan to relieve them of the burden of policing someone else’s civil war. Governor Romney and Senator McCain clearly believe the course we are on in Iraq is working, but I do not.
"And if there ever was a reflection of that it's the fact that Senator McCain required a flack jacket, ten armored Humvees, two Apache attack helicopters, and 100 soldiers with rifles by his side to stroll through a market in Baghdad just a few weeks ago."

(For background on what Obama is referring to, see these blog posts.) McCain shot back less than two hours later:

"While Senator Obama's two years in the U.S. Senate certainly entitle him to vote against funding our troops, my service and experience combined with conversations with military leaders on the ground in Iraq lead me to believe that we must give this new strategy a chance to succeed because the consequences of failure would be catastrophic to our nation's security.
"By the way, Senator Obama, it's a 'flak' jacket, not a 'flack' jacket."

Who needs policy analysis, right? We've got eighteen months of petty sniping to look forward to!

Actually, this should take the humor out of this whole situation -- the insurgents made an example out of that bazaar McCain visited in a flak jacket, ambushing, binding, and murdereding 23 workers shortly after the Senator's visit.

Well, at least McCain showed up to vote. Before voting aye on the war funding bill, McCain had gone 5 weeks without casting a vote. In fact, McCain has missed nearly 50% of the votes in the 110th Congress - compared to Hillary at 1.8% and Obama at 6.4%. Apparently he's the first Presidential candidate to be absent for such a high percentage of votes.

We'll have to wait and see if McCain's Hawkish ways can win him that nomination. I have my doubts. If he does, I look forward to the possibility of an Obama v. McCain race. Meanwhile, we get to enjoy many more months of this pissing match between the two.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Michael Westmoreland-White said...

There's much I like about Obama, but he's long on vision and short on actual policy. Of the top-tier Dems, the campaign of ideas has been that of John Edwards. And, 2 recent polls show Edwards in 1st place in Iowa, then Obama, and Hillary 3rd. So maybe we'll get some version of an Obama-Edwards or Edwards-Obama ticket.

I think Mitt Romney will get the GOP nomination--and then lose very badly.

In the meantime, I'm concentrating on getting a more progressive Congress by electing more progressive Democrats (and ones with spines!). How soon can you run for U.S. Rep. from Texas, Aaron?

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