’08 Watch: It’s Getting A Bit Ugly Out There

The gloves have started come off with the ’08 Democratic hopefuls and there’s some nasty inuendos being tossed about. First, there’s this from the Iowa Independent (h/t Taylor Marsh) pointing to a set-up of sorts for the withdrawals from the Michigan ballot (see here):  

Five individuals connected to five different campaigns have confirmed — but only under condition of anonymity — that the situation that developed in connection with the Michigan ballot is not at all as it appears on the surface. The campaign for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, arguably fearing a poor showing in Michigan, reached out to the others with a desire of leaving New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton as the only candidate on the ballot. The hope was that such a move would provide one more political obstacle for the Clinton campaign to overcome in Iowa.

And then there’s the kerfluffle that Obama started Thursday over Hillary Clinton’s “yes vote on the Kyl-Lieberman Iran Resolution is that Obama himself failed to cast a vote on it.” As Garance points out, Obama sent out an email to supporters stating:

Many Republicans and even a few Democrats refuse to admit the mistake they made five years ago. And now we’re seeing history repeat itself as the drumbeat builds for a war with Iran.Once again, some politicians are more afraid of appearing weak than they are of being dragged into another war.

It’s going to take your personal involvement to stop the march to the next war

Okay, so Obama’s making waves about the Iraq War vote, trying to tie it into the Kyl-Lieberman Iran Resolution and cast some stones. And we all know that he’s been billing himself for a while now as one who was against the war 5 years ago and who wants to end the war now… But, I can’t help but wonder why he balked and voted NO on the Kerry Feingold Resolution in June ’06, when Dick Durbin, who Obama is purported to be aligned with on Iraq, voted yes on Kerry Feingold. What was Obama thinking back then? And what is he thinking now? It seems that Obama’s making some claims that perhaps, some say he can’t really back up.

Finally, Friday’s WaPo has two ’08 pieces of interest: One on the ’08 candidates and earmarks which could cause a stir and another on the possibility of a December primary in NH.

Stay tuned…

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