What if Clinton or Obama took the lead on a major issue?

I’ll be brief.

You know what I would like to see from the Presidential candidates who just so happen to be Senators in a time where the current political climate is crying for real leadership from prominent members of the Senate?  I’d like to see them take a step back – even if for a day or two – even in a major speech, hell, even in a campaign advertisement – and really step up on one of the many issues that is facing this country right now.

They have run two very different and two very successful campaigns.  I approve of one a lot less than the other, but even with all that “the other” campaign has said, done or focused on, if that Senator actually spoke out strongly and forcefully about telecom immunity, or the ongoing funding of total destruction, loss of life and waste in Iraq, or some of the other laws being ignored or broken by this administration, then I wouldn’t care about the rest of the campaign.

That Senator would really impress me.

Or if either of them used the enormous amount of exposure and attention they have to demonstrate leadership on the issues that they will have to deal with if elected President, like conducting real oversight and promising to hold those accountable for breaking the law or really speaking out against and taking steps to ending the power grab that the Executive Branch has made, or even coming to Washington DC to stand with Senate leaders like Chris Dodd in defending the Constitution.

There is a long time between now and the Pennsylvania primary.  Both campaigns just raised scads of money.  This is the time to demonstrate leadership, not just talk about it.

There is a great way to show how you would be a strong and respected Commander in Chief.  Not by saying that you would.  Not by saying that the other one wouldn’t.  But by being honest and open and candid about what is happening on the ground in Iraq, by recognizing and putting pressure on other Senators to start ending this debacle NOW, not three months after being elected.


Start putting pressure on those who ignore the law or abet lawbreaking.  Like Mukasey.  Like the others who want retroactive immunity to protect Bush.  Like those who ignored subpoenas.  Or those who decided to stop looking for the missing emails.

If either of them wanted to really stand out from the other, if either of them demonstrated the leadership that they say they have and the other one doesn’t have, if either of them took the next few weeks to step up at the job they were elected to do, that would convince a lot of people that they are ready for the job they hope to get.


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  1. getting the Democratic presidential nomination isn’t an issue?

    At this point, I honestly do not see why any sane person would want the job. You saw what happened to Dodd. As you note, Dodd is a leader against the FISA telecom immunity. His own leader in Senate cut him off at the knees.

    Reid is protecting his senators running for president. Frankly all the senators are probably tickled pink that finally, after 48 years, one of them will likely be president.

    • robodd on March 8, 2008 at 1:04 am

    the campaign.

    Both have totally failed, IMHO.

    I feel very dispirited.  I don’t think either H or O has what it takes to turn this country around.

  2. Here’s what’s important to America:


    • Edger on March 8, 2008 at 8:23 am

    The problem is that they are “one of the many issues that is facing this country right now.”

  3. The Onion has an idea of what it would look like…

  4. We’d have something worthy of discussion in the bloody fight between Obama and Hillary.

    I just don’t see much difference between the two of them. Yes, there are some slight policy differences. They both have upsides and some negatives. But, both of them are politicians who are just posturing themselves. Neither is taking a big stand on the major issues facing us immediately: the role of the legislature in monitoring our government.

    I really want a leader. I think that’s why I’m still undecided between the two remaining candidates. Neither of them overwhelms me. Neither of them stands out significantly as a better leader than the other. They both are playing politics-as-usual. Underwhelming.

  5. why, isn’t that a novel idea!

    Sorry for the sarcasm, clammyc, not directed at you. Directed at the candidates.

    • dkmich on March 9, 2008 at 4:54 pm

     * Is Obama black enough?

    * Who was a racist first?  HRC or BHO

    * Which is more important to chant? change or experience

    * boxers or briefs?

    * pajamas or naked?

    * favorite color

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