Tuesday, January 30, 2007

OBAMA: GET ALL TROOPS OUT OF IRAQ BY MARCH 2008

Once again, Senator Obama gives me another reason to like him.

This is smart politics and smart policy.

Bold leadership, too, (for some reason that doesn't sound as good as it once did.)

6 comments:

Andrew Kujan said...

I just want Obama to come out with some populist economic proposals and I might have to jump ship from the Edwards camp.

Byron said...

I'm not as sure that this is really the greatest approach for Obama. Hillary is pretty much alone among Democratic candidates who is not calling for a deadline to withdraw, and the media is really characterizing the others as pandering to the anti-war left. A lot of pundits are talking about how Hillary is taking a risk by NOT pandering to the "withdraw immediately" crowd, but that if she is nominated that she'll have a more sensible, mainstream approach to ending the war and therefore be a more appealing candidate in the general election. Basically they're saying that some of the Democratic candidates just aren't dealing with the Iraq situation seriously.

We'll see how this works out for him. Personally, I think he's seen all of him momentum come to a screeching halt and he's got to do something to get back in the news after over a solid week of non-stop Hillary. Calling for a deadline will generate press, we'll see how the pundits characterize this... my guess is we'll hear folks re-emphasize his inexperience and underdog status.

Steve Fine said...

Byron,

I personally think Senator Clinton's position on the war does not reflect well on her. The "withdraw immediately crowd" includes most Americans and military experts.

Andrew,

Isn't universal healthcare a populist economic proposal?

By the way, I enjoy your blog.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see a comparison of Edwards' and Obamas' Senate voting records to see which of them has been more consistently populist in their representation.

Steve Fine said...

They were never in the Senate at the same time.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I know they weren't in the Senate during the same Congresses.

Nonetheless, voting records can be compared, using different groups' voting scorecards.

Edwards
Obama