Criticism Works

by: Matt Stoller

Mon Sep 17, 2007 at 00:26


Markos points us to this statement by Obama in Iowa.

"We are going to bring an end to this war and I will fight hard in the United States Senate to make sure we don't pass any funding bill that does not have a deadline," Obama told the crowd.

By making the statement, Obama joined only Dodd, who has been critical of Clinton and Obama for their resistance to tying war appropriations to a schedule.

Clinton is a Senate holdout, though probably not for long.  This is a step forward for Obama, who previously had not committed to a course of action.  We'll see where he goes from here, and this can only help his campaign.  It's also a step forward for the push to end the war.

Criticism is a good thing, even and especially for the object being criticized.  I'll have more on this soon.

Matt Stoller :: Criticism Works

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Snake oil (4.00 / 1)
The formula we're looking for is I will not vote for cloture on any funding bill that does not have a deadline.

What does fight hard mean? Perhaps Obama thinks it means I will try to persuade my colleagues that we need a deadline - but, if I can't, I'll go along with a bill without one.

Then, there's the question of how dead that deadline is: would the funding stop if the deadline wasn't met?

(Obviously, Bush will veto the bill with any deadline, hence the verb in the conditional.)

Plus - what happens when Bush vetoes? Does Obama pledge not to support cloture on any replacement funding bill that doesn't have a deadline?

So far, from what's quoted, Obama's wiggle-room is wide as the Holland Tunnel.


Yeah - I'm with you! (0.00 / 0)
I was shaking my head yesterday as well.  Fight?  How?  But ultimately if he loses the fight will he vote anyways?

Gotta build those bases.


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