At some point Mrs. Clinton is going to have to come out of seclusion. We can only imagine she’s having some “work” done. Now with a major story dominating headlines and any possible presidential candidate weighing in, she’s still nowhere to be found.
President Obama’s request to use military force in the Middle East could be a landmine issue for both Republicans and Democrats weighing White House bids.
GOP senators eyeing the presidency have diverged on how best to respond to the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
It’s also a difficult move for Democrats. Hillary Clinton was dogged during the 2008 race for the presidency over her vote to authorize the Iraq War. She could face a difficult question over how much support to throw behind Obama.
“All of these people are facing some political pitfalls because they can’t see into the future. People who voted for the Iraq War in 2002 based on information given to them by the Bush administration might have said and done different things with the benefit of hindsight,” said John Weaver, a Republican strategist who worked on Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign.
A spokeswoman for Clinton declined to comment on Obama’s request, which was unveiled Wednesday.
The Middle East and North Africa are crumbling under this terror regime, thank in great part to Clinton, yet her army of handlers can’t even give us a comment. We guess her coronation will simply come through sporadic tweets and fawning media profiles. Isn’t it the media’s job to inquire as to her whereabouts?
But Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont who could challenge Clinton from the left, quickly announced his opposition to Obama’s plan — a move that could help him gain traction with the party’s progressive wing.
“I oppose sending U.S. ground troops into combat in another bloody war in the Middle East. I therefore cannot support the resolution in its current form without clearer limitations on the role of U.S. combat troops,” he said.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the liberal hero many activists want to challenge Clinton, said Wednesday she’s still undecided on the issue. But if she comes out against the proposal, she could force Clinton’s hand.
That’s a really deep bench the Democrats have there.