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Aug 11, 2006


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Samuel Spagnola

That description would cover a lot of Democrats in DC, especially HRC as pointed out in an article from Rolling Stone:

"Her semantically tortured apostrophic attack against Rumsfeld's "incompetence," in which she railed against the administration's "strategic blunders" but carefully avoided any discussion of the decision to invade that she and most other Democrats so enthusiastically supported, identified her as the status quo dingbat in this generation's version of the same old story....not even George Bush, has yet sunk as low as Hillary's Democrats are sinking now. They're making a conscious effort to try to cash in politically on the Iraq catastrophe without making any admission of culpability or responsibility, hoping to limp across the finish line first in the midterm elections with nothing but a semantic absurdity -- for the invasion, against its "execution" -- for a war policy."

It's not just Joe, and at least he hasn't flip flopped.


"at least he hasn't flip flopped." -- Sam

That illustrates, to me, a big difference in the thinking between left and right in this country. As Krugman notes, it is precisely because Lieberman didn't change his mind that he went down. The right admires (for some reason) constancy, even in the face of evidence that previous decisions were wrong. I don't get it.

I have more respect for someone like John Edwards who came out straight up and said he made a mistake in voting for the war. The right will call that a flip flop, I call it staying in touch with reality. (Hillary, btw, is not flip-flopping, she's triangulating and it disgusts me.)


"....someone like John Edwards who came out straight up and said he made a mistake in voting for the war."

As in everything he does in public life, the statement is calculated political posturing. It's similar to Hillary's strategy.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.


Believe me, Bubba, I have the most respect for lawmakers who made the right decision in the first place, but on the scale of being correct to begin with; to being wrong, then changing one's mind; to being wrong and keeping one's head in the sand or trying to semantically excuse one's mistakes, Edwards earns more respect than others, Hillary included.

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