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Ear to the Ground

Time to Reevaluate Hillary?

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Posted on May 3, 2007

Hillary Clinton has come under fire for her relatively hawkish stand on the war, but the candidate made an aggressive move Thursday to counter that perception. Joined by antiwar Sen. Robert Byrd, Clinton announced plans to de-authorize the war, saying: “If the president will not bring himself to accept reality, it is time for Congress to bring reality to him.”

Update: Rep. Dennis Kucinich has weighed in on Hillary’s statement, saying: “Now that Senator Clinton supports deauthorization, will she support defunding the war?  When someone votes to fund the war 100 percent of the time and then says she supports deauthorization, it looks like a gimmick.”


AP via Yahoo!:

WASHINGTON - Presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday sought to force another showdown with President Bush—and her Democratic rivals—over the Iraq war.

Sens. Clinton, D-N.Y., and Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., announced they would introduce legislation that would require the president to seek a reauthorization from Congress to extend the military effort in Iraq beyond October 11, 2007.

“If the president will not bring himself to accept reality, it is time for Congress to bring reality to him,” Clinton said in a speech on the Senate floor.

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By Carl, May 4, 2007 at 7:17 pm Link to this comment
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Yes forget Hillary…Dennis is the only real candidate running..That article by Greg Palast has her dead to rights..Just another dirty politician or worse.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, May 4, 2007 at 5:56 pm Link to this comment
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She votes for a war that at the time if she was against she could have done some good and now with 3300 Americans dead she wants to propose a useless ammendment.If the democratic left buys this bullshit the democrats losing in 08 will be what they deserve.We need an honest politician and I know that term is an oxymoron but Hillary is too far from honest to be considered Presidential material.What the hell is Byrd sharing a well deserved spotlight for standing up against this war when that stance was unpopular with Hillary.Must have promised him a new base in West Virginia if she gets elected.

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By Greg Bacon, May 4, 2007 at 3:02 pm Link to this comment

If Hillary gets elected to President—and may Odin help us all if that happens—her Secret Service code name will be WINDSOCK.

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By Jonas South, May 4, 2007 at 11:54 am Link to this comment
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Forget the razzle dazzle dance over Irag war funding. It is a grand distraction from the more serious question: Why do the Democrats fail to require authorization to use our money for military action against Iran?

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By Nancy Hatfield, May 4, 2007 at 10:40 am Link to this comment
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Forget about Hillary.  The ONLY true reformer (of government) running for President is Dennis Kucinich.  He has never wavered on any of his positions, including the war in Iraq. Besides John Conyers, Kucinich has been pushing for accountability all along, and now has introduced Articles of Impeachment of Cheney and Bush. I think Senator Gravel got it right when asked by Jon Stewart of the Daily Show what kind of person for President the American people ought to be looking for, he stated the people should “not vote for billionnaires”.  People need to constantly read, search for truth regarding candidates, and use good judgement when voting—not just party affiliation.  History has shown both Republicans and Democrats have been woefully inadequate in representing the American people.  I think Hillary is one candidate voters must be watchful of - she cannot be trusted to be truthful. But the Bush administration has done more harm than any to date, for sure.

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By Leefeller, May 4, 2007 at 9:40 am Link to this comment
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Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel make the most sense, but they are telling it like it is, which usually does not work.  With the mass media shoving their choice down the Lemmings throats, we are doomed to have history repeat itself.

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By G. Anderson, May 4, 2007 at 9:00 am Link to this comment
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Beleive me, I’m desperate.

Desperate for someone who can lead this nation, and undo the Bush years, that allowed the corporations to gut this county.

But when I look at Hillary, I see someone who does not know herself, someone I believe, who is just trying to say the right things, and do the right things to get elected.

I’m sorry it’s painfully obvious, she’s just too damaged.

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By hendricks, May 4, 2007 at 7:58 am Link to this comment
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mrs. clinton blows with the wind.  she is a charter member of the money party.  i don’t trust a single word she says. packaged spittle.

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By Hammo, May 4, 2007 at 7:22 am Link to this comment

Are Americans ready for a real change from the status quo in picking a new president? Maybe.

So far, there are a few alternatives to the main “frontrunners” that seem worth looking at. Someone like retired Army Gen. Wes Clark comes to mind. Take a look at:

“Independent centrist candidates might strike chord with voters”

American Chronicle

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=11985

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By jatihoon, May 4, 2007 at 4:54 am Link to this comment

What war there is no war, ” it is who wants to be a president”

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By Verne Arnold, May 4, 2007 at 4:27 am Link to this comment

Time to Reevaluate Hillary?

Nah!

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By jmndodge, May 3, 2007 at 10:30 pm Link to this comment

It’s not Iraq, It’s Iran.  Listen carefully, her
American empire done right, is just right wing politics wraped up in democratic skin.  If you want a nation seeking peace, and favor justice for the oppressed and poor nations of the world as well as at home,  look beyond Hillary.  I think perhaps Edwards is our best choice

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By cann4ing, May 3, 2007 at 9:36 pm Link to this comment

There is a bill in Congress that makes a whole lot of sense—HR 1234 (Kucinich), but with the need to secure funds from the military-industrial complex, don’t look to Hillary to agree with it.  There is an alternative.  A simple matter of math that neither she nor Obama can deny.  It takes only 41 Senators to block further funding.  They could filibuster until there were no more funds.  More likely, Hillary and Obama will search for a way to surrender the funds to the fascists, then call it a victory.

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By Leefeller, May 3, 2007 at 9:31 pm Link to this comment
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Not being crazy about Hillary Clinton, if she pulls this off, she has my vote.  By the way didn’t Gravel say something like that the other evening?

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By 911truthdotorg, May 3, 2007 at 9:25 pm Link to this comment

Just another chess move.

She knows it has zero chance of passing.

The monster-in-chief will just veto that too.

Nice try, Hill.

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By John Lowell, May 3, 2007 at 8:58 pm Link to this comment
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Deauthorizing the war is certainly a good idea, but sadly its an action that should have be taken long ago, before the war began. And the only sponsor of the two offering this legislation worthy of the name is Byrd, period. Hillary Clinton is the most calculating and oily personality in American politics today. Watching her manuever both entertains and inspires nausea. Just as there will never be a time to re-evaluate Leonid Brezhnev, so there will never be one to re-evaluate Hillary Clinton.

John Lowell

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