Durbin Smacks Bill Clinton

by: Matt Stoller

Sun Jan 13, 2008 at 09:54

Obama surrogate Dick Durbin is finally taking on Bill Clinton's arguments about Obama's Iraq position.

"It was not easy to be against that war back when we cast that vote in October of 2002," Durbin said. "I was one of 23 who voted against the war. Barack was supportive - one of the few candidates speaking out strongly against it in Illinois.

"If President Clinton had opposed that war as strongly as Barack Obama at the time, it would have helped a lot of us who had voted against authorizing an invasion."

Bill Clinton has repeatedly questioned whether Obama was against the war at the time of the war vote, despite obvious evidence that he was.

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megalomania bigdog LOSES this argument (0.00 / 0)
Durbin who was against the war wins.
On MTP Pumpkinhead asked Hillary IF she really was against the Iraq war WHY didn't she vote for the Levin amendment, SHORTER Hillary's : That amendment would have given the United Nations too much power....BWaaaahahahaha
She was channeling Bolton...How progressive of her...NOT

Clintons (0.00 / 0)
I have to say, I am starting to dislike the Clintons more and more. These attempts to blur the positions of the different candidates to make her look better are very Rovian in my view, and no the kind of thing I want to see a DEMOCRAT doing in an election.

Former Edwards Supporter, Obama Supporter since January 30, 2008

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Her Iraq-Bolton votes (0.00 / 0)
make me ill.

Banned for posting five straight diaries.

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Bill Clinton makes me sick, actually. (0.00 / 0)
I hate centrists and I hate smarmy, lying centrists even more.

For some reason, it seems that Obama has some pathological and deep-seated psychological need for Republicans to like him.  Seriously.  It's weird.

Profile in Courage? Not so much (4.00 / 1)
Cinton's point is that there's a lot of political calculation involved in Obama's opposition to the war. Where was he after the 2002 speech? He didn't need to camp out with Cindy Sheehan, but doing precisely squat isn't very impressive.  And somebody should ask Durbin why he himself voted for Kyl/Lieberman and Obama didn't vote at all.

Re: Kyl-Lieberman (0.00 / 0)
This is wholly irrelevant and misses the point. Who cares about whether Durbin is being a bit hypocritical? His point is that Clinton is trying to blur the lines between Obama's positions on Iraq and her own by taking several things he said out of context. The Iran vote, while something Obama should be condemned for, has absolutely nothing to do with this, and attempts to bring it up serve nothing but to change the topic.

Former Edwards Supporter, Obama Supporter since January 30, 2008

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