Dems 2008: Change we can’t believe in! [Karl]
Power downplayed Obama’s commitment to quick withdrawal from Iraq on Hard Talk, a program that often exceeds any of the U.S. talk shows in the rigor of its grillings. She was challenged on Obama’s Iraq plan, as it appears on his website, which says that Obama “will remove one to two combat brigades each month, and have all of our combat brigades out of Iraq within 16 months.”
“What heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s actually said, after meting with the generals and meeting with intelligence professionals, is that you Ã¢â‚¬â€œ at best case scenario Ã¢â‚¬â€œ will be able to withdraw one to two combat brigades each month. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re telling him. He will revisit it when he becomes president,” Power says.
The Politico’s Ben Smith adds:
UPDATE: A Clinton adviser — though, unlike Power, not a member of her campaign team, recently told The New York Sun similar things about the New York Senator’s position.
Thus, on Iraq, as with the issue of trade, the Democratic candidates are pandering loudly to their left-liberal base, but quietly saying something quite different.
Talk out of both sides of their mouths?Ã‚Â Yes, they can!
Update:Ã‚Â Both campaigns are tactically retreating to declarations of unconditional surrender.Ã‚Â For now.Ã‚Â Tomorrow is another day.