Obama Going Nose to Nose with Hillary

23 10 2007

In Iowa, the Obama campaign is ratcheting up its nose to nose strategy against the Hillary Clinton campaing by aligning her with Bush administration and other hawkish Democrats in Congress.  A recent mailing attacks Hillary for not only voting for the war in Iraq, but also for the recent Kyl-Lieberman Amendment to a recent Iraq War bill. Here is some text from the Iowa mailing:

“Why is this amendment so dangerous?… Because George Bush and Dick Cheney could use this language to justify keeping our troops in Iraq as long as they can point to a threat from Iran. And because they could use this language to justify an attack on Iran as a part of the ongoing war in Iraq.”

I am not so sure how much traction this criticism will get. Implying Hillary is just as much of a war warmonger as Bush is in an effort to draw a distinction between the two campaigns may not be sustainable for very long.  All she has to do is point to a number of instances in which she has been attacked by the administration and other Republicans for her criticisms of the war and its foreign policy generally to sap the charge of its sting. 

Plus, since Obama did not actually vote on the amendment himself he might be vulnerable to the claim that he is criticising her from the sidelines.

It will be interesting to see how long the Obama campaign will take to move onto the next attack or if this one is followed up on during the next two weeks with another foriegn policy or vision speech.

See the mailer here.

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