Saturday, September 15, 2007

Rudy Attacks Hillary For Something She Didn't Say--I Guess It's A New York Thing

Of all the Democratic candidates Hillary is probably the most "supportive" of the president's goals in Iraq. She has repeatedly been chastised for her refusal to reject her vote for the Iraq war. She says that if she had known how President Bush would use the vote she would have voted differently. Unlike John Edwards, for example, she refuses to say she made a mistake. Hillary has been equally chastised by the anti-war movement for her insistence that we will probably have troops on the ground in Iraq for years to come. Barack Obama, who is not exactly a dove, has called her approach to foreign policy Bush/Cheney-lite.

Rudy Giuliani is now attacking Hillary for failing to renounce's recent ad in the New York Times. He has put up his own ad in the New York Times and has posted the very first attack ad of the 2008 campaign on his website. The ads don't focus on any thing Hillary has said. Instead they vacuously charge her with failing to reject the ad and for being skeptical about the General's testimony. If Rudy or anybody else asks, being skeptical is exactly why we pay people to be senators.

The Clinton Campaign spokesman Phil Singer has told TPM

Rudy Giuliani is dropping in the polls and is unable to defend his own support for George Bush's failed war. Instead of distorting Senator Clinton’s record in the campaign's first attack ad, the Mayor should tell voters why he thinks sticking with the Bush Iraq strategy makes sense. The country wants change and while Hillary Clinton is focused on ending the war, Mayor Giuliani is playing politics.
All of that is well and good, but take a look at the quote in the photo lifted from Rudy's website:
"These times call for statesmanship, not politicians spewing political venom."
The irony is just too sweet. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.