If the candidates continue clawing at each other like this, I'm going to really enjoy this campaign season:
Hillary, Obama and Edwards are all against the planned troop surge in Iraq. Hillary and Obama want a cap on troops in Iraq but are not now in favor of cutting off funds for the surge. (Obama is not ruling it out if it is the only option remaining.) They both favor passing a resolution indicating opposition to the surge.Yes, I agree. They do act like two year olds, don't they? (Wow, I can't believe I agree with Edwards).
Edwards, who wants an immediate cutoff of funds for the surge, thinks the resolution is a sham.
"What is the point in saying we are just against it?" Edwards said. "It is useless. It is exactly like a child standing in the corner and stomping his feet."
And how is this for unintentional irony (don't drink anything before you read it):
Finally, Edwards is trying to establish a specific campaign posture: authenticity. Many Democrats believe that after eight years of a president who they believe was packaged and sold to the American people by clever handlers, Americans will now want an authentic candidate.Now, that you've read the quote, check out his house. Do you think it's energy efficient? Do you think he's sacrificing for his country? How many SUV's do you think he owns? Do you think he'll plant trees to make up for clear-cutting the trees?
But how do voters discern that? (As the old campaign joke goes: "The people want authenticity? I can fake that.")
One way to demonstrate authenticity is to take a stand that is not popular, that is not politically expedient.
And Edwards has decided to sell America on sacrifice.
"I am totally comfortable with the word sacrifice, with asking people to sacrifice for their country," he said.
Among the sacrifices:
To reduce carbon emissions, Edwards recognizes that people may have to pay more for gasoline. And he is not ruling out new taxes or increasing old ones.
And how about this "authentic" blast from the past: