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Let the games begin
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, January 16, 2007

John Edwards and Hillary Clinton exchanged pretty direct shots at each other as the run for the presidential roses heats up:
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton last night ripped into 2008 White House contender John Edwards - her first direct assault on any of her potential Democratic presidential rivals.

Clinton's surprising broadside came just hours after Edwards, in Harlem, delivered a sharp condemnation - clearly aimed at Clinton, although he didn't mention her by name - against those who fail to "speak out" against the war in Iraq.

"Silence is betrayal, and I believe it is a betrayal not to speak out against the escalation of the war in Iraq," Edwards told a crowd at Manhattan's Riverside Church, where Martin Luther King had declared his opposition to the Vietnam War.

"If you're in Congress and you know that this war is going in the wrong direction . . . it is no longer OK to study your options and keep your own private counsel," he said.

"Silence is betrayal. Speak out and stop this escalation now."
Betrayal? Of whom or what? Is this akin to questioning one's patriotism?

Of course Edwards has the luxury of not having to actually take responsibility for anything since he is no longer in the Senate and has renounced his vote on Iraq. Clinton, otoh, has not, apparently, done enough in the eyes of a particular portion of the left to warrant the exemption from blame that Edwards now apparently thinks he enjoys.

I am interested in the "betrayal" characterization, however, and frankly don't blame Clinton for firing back. But as the article points out, her uncharacteristic response does indeed seem to indicate she views Edwards as a real political threat (he leads all Dems in Iowa polling) in terms of the nomination.

Although Clinton hasn't officially announced her candidacy, incidents like this indicate to anyone paying attention that she will indeed join the race. And in an expected outreach as a prelude to such a run, Hillary is beginning to tap into the old "Friends of Bill" network that was so useful to her husband Bill.

Look for more political blood to be spilled in the coming months as we approach primary season and the field begins to campaign in earnest and for keeps.

Oh ... and Obama?
Word from those who work for Sen. Barack Obama is that he will take the first step toward the U.S. Presidency and file the papers with the Federal Election Commission this week. It will open an exploratory committee that declares his intentions to be a candidate for president, NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reported. A more formal announcement is still several weeks away.
 
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I see Obama as a strong running mate to one of the other candidates. I suspect that he has his eye on 2012 or 2016, not 2008. This is just meant to get him some national recognition as a major player and, if his running mate’s campaign is successful, a foot in the door as VP.
 
Written By: The Poet Omar
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I see Obama as a strong running mate to one of the other candidates. I suspect that he has his eye on 2012 or 2016, not 2008. This is just meant to get him some national recognition as a major player and, if his running mate’s campaign is successful, a foot in the door as VP.
I tend to agree Omar, but given the celebrity worship of our culture, I wouldn’t discount him making a strong showing in ’08 or even taking the nomination. Personally I see him (as well as Edwards) as the "not ready for prime time" players in terms of experience or political depth. But unfortunately, for many voters, the presidential contest is little more than a "beauty contest" and those who they "like" have a better chance than those who might do the best job based on past performance.

Imagine Abe Lincoln running in today’s media driven elections.
 
Written By: McQ
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Obama will run, likely win the nomination, and put the GOP back in office for ’08. The voters will demand this course of action cause, as you said, they "like" him.
 
Written By: josh b
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It is good that this wasn’t a political speech, or the church may be in danger of losing its tax exemption.
 
Written By: timactual
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Listen, the cat’s good and all, but he ain’t gonna be our nation’s next president...no way shape or form. Now Gore/Obama 2008—that’s a different story...
www.minor-ripper.blogspot.com
 
Written By: MinorRipper
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Looks like Obama has decided to jump right on in
 
Written By: Kav
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Clinton isn’t talking about 9/11 or the recent gassing of new York and New Jersey. Like 9/11 they are saying its safe but running no tests.

Obama is gay?
 
Written By: InventoryClearence
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If Obama beats Hilary, a distinct possibility, he would be hard to beat in the General Election. UNLESS, he fails to articulate a real message besides "Lets just all get along". But I suspect he will come out with a few concrete proposals in the primaries so that he can differentiate himself from Hilary.

Don’t underestimate his appeal.
 
Written By: kyle N
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Imagine Abe Lincoln running in today’s media driven elections.
I know. He had the looks for radio. But then think about William Howard Taft (our heaviest President) or James Madison (our shortest). They would be raked over the coals, too [remember the flack Clinton took for all the McDonald’s visits?). Still, given his wit, I suspect the 16th President would provide some excellent sound bites.

Given that much of the electorate does think of the Presidential elections as essentially "beauty contests," I guess the following would be ruled out:

Dennis Kucinich and Ross Perot (too short)

Al Sharpton (too fat)

John Kerry (the looks for radio)

Rudy Giuliani (too much of the bulldog or retired boxer about him, plus bald)

Our top candidates then appear to be:

John Edwards (creepy, but definitely a pretty boy)

Barrack Obama (hey, Oprah loves him)

Arnold Schwarzenegger (just assume the natual born citizen thing doesn’t apply)

Hmmm... since Arnold isn’t legally qualified, it appears that Republicans lack a pretty-boy candidate for the next election. Maybe the Queer Eye guys can fix up Mitt Romney? ;)
 
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