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Obamarama - Above the Fray (update)
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, September 20, 2007

According to Ben Smith at Politico, Obama didn't vote on the Cornyn resolution condemning the MoveOn.org ad because he wanted to be seen to be above the fray. Or as Smith explains it:
The empty, symbolic fight over the MoveOn ad also appears to be testing something that was, from the beginning, a central question in the primary: Do Democrats want somebody who will be above partisan fighting (Obama), or do they want a partisan fighter (Clinton)?
Obama skipped the vote and, in the tradition of all politicians, issued a press release to explain why:
The focus of the United States Senate should be on ending this war, not on criticizing newspaper advertisements. This amendment was a stunt designed only to score cheap political points while what we should be doing is focusing on the deadly serious challenge we face in Iraq. It's precisely this kind of political game-playing that makes most Americans cynical about Washington's ability to solve America's problems. By not casting a vote, I registered my protest against this empty politics. I registered my views on the ad itself the day it appeared.

All of us respect the service of General Petraeus and all of our brave men and women in uniform. The way to honor that service is to give them a mission that is responsible, not to vote on amendments like the Cornyn amendment while we continue to pursue the wrong policy in Iraq.
Now it may surprise some people that I agree with his point that criticizing an ad shouldn't be the focus of the US Senate. However, this is politics, there's a presidential election coming up and Harry Reid had to agree to let the resolution come to the floor ... so there we are.

But again, let's remember that Obama is dead set against the august US Senate voting on such things, right? He is remaining above the fray.

Well, unless a Democrat brings a similar resolution to the floor:
Also, was the Boxer amendment that he voted for — which condemned GOP attack ads on Max Cleland and John Kerry, as well as the MoveOn ad — somehow less empty?
Heh ... uh, Obama campaign? Time for another press release.

UPDATE: LOL! Matt Stoller's reaction:
So he's willing to vote for the Boxer amendment condemning speech but not the Cornyn amendment, because one is empty politics and the other isn't?

Please.

He doesn't even have the guts to act like a Republican. Wow, Jim Margolis is awful.

UPDATE: Actually, here's a shout-out to the crappy Obama advisor circle, David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Jim Margolis, Devorah Adler, and the whole gang out there. You suck!
I think the Obama folks can forget that press release. Regardless of how hard they spin it, I don't think anyone will be buying.
 
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By not casting a vote, I registered my protest against this empty politics.
His abstention was a symbolic gesture against symbolic gestures.
 
Written By: Aldo
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lol what a blatant political play someone over at obama HQ f’ed up on this one.
 
Written By: josh b
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He’s pandering to the wako fring of the Democratic Party. Which is probably smart politics. At least in the primary.
 
Written By: Don
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I was hoping you’d hook us up with the Stoller reaction. I knew he would holler like he’d just been tasered at a Kerry speech.
 
Written By: Aldo
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Obama is obviously hypocritical as any other politician, especially running for an office!

The bigger question is in my opinion why the hell the congress spends time on Non-binding resolution for this and that more or less ridicules issues.
 
Written By: Jon Herstad
URL: http://idioten.blogspot.com
Obama is obviously hypocritical as any other politician, especially running for an office!
I’m not sure they are all hypocritical, certinly not to this extent.
 
Written By: Don
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I don’t think anyone will notice. Again, this won’t even make the charts, it won’t hurt Obama in the primaries, and by the election campaign almost all 2007 news will be obsolete and irrelevant (which is one reason why claims Thompson entered late are wrong too — the campaign up until now really hasn’t mattered, and will only start mattering in any significant way about November).
 
Written By: Scott Erb
URL: http://faculty.umf.maine.edu/~erb/blog.htm
I don’t think anyone will notice. Again, this won’t even make the charts, it won’t hurt Obama in the primaries, and by the election campaign almost all 2007 news will be obsolete and irrelevant
How about you let us in on how YOU feel about it? I read what you wrote twice, and still don’t see anything.
 
Written By: meagain
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Erb’s right except that Gen. Petraeus ad will stick to the elections, especially if things look better in Iraq.
 
Written By: Harun
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The most significant thing about this whole episode is that MoveOn is repeatedly being labeled an "anti-war" group as if that is (in any way) the reason for its’ existence.
 
Written By: Ted
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>amendment was a stunt designed only to score cheap political points

And the Moveon.org ad wasn’t?

Obama’s such a lightweight poseur. Actually, he gives lightweight poseurs a bad name.
 
Written By: Barry
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