Barack Obama just gained a big advantage over Hillary Clinton. In case you missed it:
During the last debate, the question was asked as to whether he would be willing to meet with leaders of nations such as Cuba, North Korea and Iran without conditions within the first year of his presidency. He said he would.
On the other hand, Clinton said renegade leaders could use such a meeting for propaganda and that envoys below the presidential level should begin diplomatic work. And she went on to say:
“I thought that was irresponsible and frankly naive,”
Now, you can argue the point both ways…and I’m not going to do that right now. The point I’m going to make is that Obama compared Clinton’s view to Bush and Cheney. He said:
“The notion that I was somehow going to be inviting them over for tea next week without having initial envoys meet is ridiculous,” he said in an interview outside his Senate office. “But the general principle is one that I think Senator Clinton is wrong on, and that is if we are laying out preconditions that prevent us from speaking frankly to these folks, then we are continuing with Bush-Cheney policies.”
Anytime Obama can compare Clinton to Bush, he wins in the eyes of democrat voters. Obama went on to point out this about Hillary:
“I think what is irresponsible and naive is to have authorized a war without asking how we were going to get out,” Obama said. “And you know, I think Senator Clinton hasn’t fully answered that issue.”
Basically, he turned her words on her. I don’t know who is going to win this battle but Obama just picked up some momentum and I think that’s important because he seemed to have peaked too early. I think Obama is more in tune with the anti-Bush people than Hillary is and that along with the anti-Iraq crowd will determine the winner of the democratic primaries.
Hillary is going to have to do something to separate herself from Bush and Cheney in a way that makes Obama look bad.