Clinton well understands the tactic of voting present. That you are using this BULLSHIT campaign talking point as an example of Obama's "lack of conviction" means that either YOU don't understand how the senate works, or Clinton didn't. I suspect it isn't the later.
in his Q/A with congressional republicans, obama stated he would listen to any ideas they had. It is their time to publically put up or shut up. I think it's important that the American people see boehner et. al. hoisted by their own petards.
Also, Can obama try for losing here? "he needs to show more leadership" has now become "he's wasting his time"
Why isn't he standing up against blackwater personally? I voted for change, and this is what we get? I'm sitting home in 2010 and 2012. Clearly, Clinton/Kucinich/Edwards wouldn't rest on their laurels and let Biden do the heavy lifting.
Seriously, though. This is a good thing. I'm glad to see the administration make this move.