The Democratic Position is to Stop Funding the War
by Jerome Armstrong, Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 06:42:54 AM EDT
Obama's statements on the war are going to start to hurt his popularity among Democrats. As the article on Raw Story shows, Obama is clearly getting heat now from the Edwards camp for statements about funding of the Iraq war that Obama has been making, and the Republicans are using them against Democrats. Obama is in a bit of a branding dilemma over the Iraq war. His original effort seemed to be pointed toward Clinton-- vote the same as her for continual funding of the war, but continue pointing out that he was right at the beginning. And that probably works against Clinton, but it doesn't really work when he's getting top-tier pressure from a position more in line with the base of the Democratic Party.
Obama's been getting it from the netroots, and is now getting hit from the Edwards camp.
Looking at this from a political analysis, it's beginning to be the frame that Obama's got the movements position on not voting to begin the war, but the establishment's position (or rhetoric) on continuing the war. He's just not staked out the right ground on the war that would be in sync with a movement from within the Democratic Party.
When Obama says that "the vast majority of Democrats" are not interested in cutting funding of the war, he's just plain wrong.
All RVs DEM IND GOP Fund the war without conditions 43 44 24 40 73 Withhold funding until Bush signs 45 45 66 43 21
Overall, the public is split on the issue, so Democrats should be out framing the issue of cutting off funding for the war as one that benefits the troops, not screws them over.
Instead, Obama frames the question of funding of the war, over and over, as one of "making sure they've got the night vision goggles and the armor" for the war.
Obama supporters, I like the guy. I'm glad he didn't support the war, but I think he's hurting himself with his ongoing statements that link funding of the war to supporting the troops on the ground.
Let me pose a question of how Democrats can best gain public support to end the funding of the war (which is the Democratic position). Is it done by framing the end of funding the war as the lack of material support for the troops, or is it done by framing the end of funding as ending the war and bringing home the troops?