Clinton campaign goes for the jugular, opening for Gore
by Jerome Armstrong, Fri Oct 12, 2007 at 11:05:33 AM EDT
Clinton just released a memo called Seasons of the Campaign:...Senator Obama said yesterday his campaign will be entering a time of "sharp contrast" in an article headlined "Obama: Bye-Bye Mr. Nice Guy?"
Apparently Senator Obama's fall in the polls has led him to abandon his pledge to change our politics and bring people together.
This week Senator Obama criticized Senator Clinton's vote to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization.
Senator Obama was silent on the measure when it was considered on the floor. Despite serving on the Foreign Affairs Committee, he wasn't involved in Senate negotiations or discussions over the bill's language. (See: Huffington Post) He didn't speak out against it before it was voted on - he didn't even return from the campaign trail to vote. He didn't speak out against it at a nationally televised debate that night or defend himself from an attack during the debate on his missed vote. In fact, he waited more than nine hours after the vote was over to issue a statement about it.
If Senator Obama believed the measure was as dangerous as he says, wouldn't he have had some obligation to stand up, speak out, and fight against it?
So perhaps something else is at work: politics.
As Senator Obama's closest ally in the Senate, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, said, "If I thought there was any way it could be used as a pretense to launch an invasion of Iran I would have voted no."
As Senator Obama abandons the politics of hope in favor of attack politics, Senator Clinton remains focused on her vision for America...I have to agree, that Obama has next to nothing in the way of credibility on attacking Clinton over her Iran vote (fwiw, a terrible vote).
But I also think that Clinton opening up such a strong attack on Obama, when he appears to be weakening, is a bit dangerous. Did anyone notice that Gore didn't rule out running for President in his press conference today?
There is an opening for Gore. The scenario is that he skips Iowa and goes straight to New Hampshire. Gore's got to file by November 2nd (iirc) to be on the ballot in NH. Gore campaigns nationally to huge crowds and raises untold millions, while he awaits in New Hampshire for the Iowa winner to emerge and battle.