Last: Vegas Democratic Debate Preview
8:01 PM, Jan 15, 2008 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
The first is that Obama voted "present" 129 times while serving in the Illinois state Senate. The Clinton camp use these votes to pain Obama as either soft on abortion or intentionally reticent to preserve his political maneuverability. Or both.
The other line of attack the Clinton campaign is pushing is that Obama is soft on withdrawal from Iraq. Here's the Clinton campaign's summary:
What's particularly interesting in all of this is that Clinton seems to be criticizing Obama for at one point holding the type of prudential stance on withdrawal that she herself used to take on the campaign trail. Remember that until just before the Iowa caucuses, Clinton's standard formulation was that we need to "bring our troops home from Iraq as quickly and responsibly as possible," that final modifier giving her all sorts of room to make prudential assessments on the matter.