Hillary hasn’t yet come up with a coherent message – other than refusing to quit - and struggles with “message discipline.” She has spent months attempting to convince the liberal base that she is the only candidate with a definitive plan and the commitment, to bring the troops home from Iraq. But this week she seemed to return to her former persona as moderate hawk willing to use military force even when it wasn’t popular.
Having previously castigated Obama for his comments about attacking terrorist sites in Pakistan, and refusing to answer hypothetical foreign policy questions, this week she asserted that she was prepared to “obliterate” Iran should it attack Israel.
When lefty blogs denounced this as neocon warmongering and the media tried to get clarification, her campaign seemed to back off the statement and imply that she wasn’t extending the American nuclear umbrella to Israel. It is hard to believe that she has become so desperate as to callously pander on national security in the hopes of painting Obama as soft on terrorism or the defense of Israel. But it is hard to find another explanation.
It has become something of a cliché, but it remains true that the Clintons are willing to say and do whatever they feel is necessary to regain the White House. And while Obama has campaigned on “turning the page” on the old politics and bringing the country together, he seems incapable of putting the Clintons behind him and uniting his own party right now.
So the stalemate continues and the train wreck seems headed all the way to Denver unless the Democrats can figure out a way to stop it.
One thing is clear: Hillary will fight until the bitter end. That has to be keeping Howard Dean awake at night.
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