I was fascinated with the exchange between Clinton, Dodd and Obama.
Clinton was attacking Obama over his recent comments that he would be willing to strike al Qaeda targets inside Pakistan without the approval of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.
Clinton and Dodd called the comments "irresponsible." She said Obama's approach "a very big mistake." Clinton and Dodd were tag-teaming Obama using an appeal to reputation, namely their own. they were saying, "We are right because we have experience in these matters." They also altered what Obama said, leaving out portions of his statement, to increase the possible negative aspects of the quote. "You can think big, but remember you shouldn't always say everything you think if you're running for president because it has consequences across the world. And we don't need that right now,"
Clinton said. "I find it amusing that those who helped to authorize and engineer the biggest foreign policy disaster in our generation are now criticizing me,"
He threw their appeal to reputation right in their face. I don't think Clinton or Dodd recovered face after that one brief response from Obama.
After the debate all of the candidates were still friendly, of course. The exchange that took place is just part of a lively debate.
Someone writing in to KnoxViews
said their favorite quote from the forum was from Govenor Bill Richardson. The question was "What will your vice-presidential candidate be like?"
Richardson replied: "Well, he won't be Dick Cheney," and loud applause and a few guffaws broke out. Then he added somewhat shyly, "He'll also be part of the executive branch."
At this point, the AFL-CIO has decided to hold off on an endorsement
. "There is not a consensus candidate," said Karen Ackerman, political director of the AFL-CIO.
"It is clear that a number of the Democratic candidates have the experience and the credentials to lead our nation," a statement from the federation's executive council said.Dr. Monkerstein
has a great post about the forum, "Can I get a straight answer please?"
and so does Blue Gal
, "Great night for Dennis the K."UPDATE: DCup
has posted a great story about the AFL-CIO forum as well! "Bring on The Class Warfare: A Rant That Covers Anal Sex, Solid Gold Strap-Ons and Sean Hannity's Masturbation Habits."
Following the AFL-CIO forum, here are the latest odds on who will be chosen as the Democratic candidate for the 2008 US Presidential Election: