January 24, 2008

NONSENSE ABHORS A VACCUUM:

Some in Party Bristle At Clintons' Attacks: Anti-Obama Ad Heightens Unity Fears (Alec MacGillis and Anne E. Kornblut, 1/24/08, Washington Post)

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign aired a new radio ad here Wednesday that repeated a discredited charge against Sen. Barack Obama, in what some Democrats said is part of an increasing pattern of hardball politics by her and former president Bill Clinton.

The ad takes one line from an Obama interview -- "The Republicans were the party of ideas for a pretty long chunk of time there over the last 10, 15 years" -- and juxtaposes it with GOP policies that Obama has never advocated. [...]

Earlier this week, the Obama team began a new effort to deal with what it says has been a string of misleading or untrue attacks from the Clintons over the past three weeks. His campaign has begun pushing back harder, trying to puncture the allegations more quickly -- a risky approach, because it involves questioning the credibility of the Democratic Party's most prominent figures of the past two decades, but one that Obama strategists believe they can no longer avoid.

Among the allegations against Obama are that his opposition to the war in Iraq is overstated, that he is weak on abortion rights, that his links to a nuclear energy company undermine his opposition to the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site in Nevada and that he supports a trillion-dollar tax increase on "hardworking Americans" because he is open to raising the limit on salary taxed for Social Security.


So, since neither candidate has presented any ideas of their own, we must glean a political platform from this kerfuffle: opposition to the liberation of Iraq; unrestricted abortion; and doing nothing about Social Security. Anyone else feel like Sam Tyler?

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 24, 2008 8:50 AM
Comments

Don't forget opposition to Yucca Mountain, but not presenting any useful ideas on what we're supposed to do with all the nuclear waste we already have.

Posted by: Bryan at January 24, 2008 10:20 AM
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