Signals from the Clinton Camp?

Carol Platt Liebau
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Posted: Jul 22, 2008 12:13 PM
Today, the Washington Times is running an op/ed by Lanny Davis, a Democrat who has been one of the Clintons' most enthusiastic and ubiquitous mouthpieces.

Remarkably, it confesses to reluctance to follow the Obama cut 'n run plan when it comes to Iraq; Davis argues that "we owe the al-Maliki government and the Shi'ite and Sunni soldiers who put their lives on the line against Shi'ite and Sunni extremists and terrorists at our behest some continuing presence and support and patience as they strive to find peace, political reconciliation - and maybe even the beginnings of a stable democracy."

But the subtext of the piece is even more interesting.  It's unlikely that Davis would write a piece on a topic that divides even Democrats, and which is guaranteed to antagonize Obama's base -- the far left get-out-now crowd -- without at least the implicit consent of his longtime friends and political patrons, the Clintons.  And, in turn, what that signals is that the Clintons aren't anywhere near being fully aboard the Obama bandwagon.  Their surrogates are challenging his policies from the sidelines.

Maybe they're worried that Maliki gave Obama too big a boost.  Maybe they've decided it's time to help some of the bloom come off the Obama rose.  Maybe -- maybe -- they even care about the policy.

In any case, it's another sign that things aren't quite as unified within the Democrat family as the Obama campaign would like us to believe.