So much for principle. When the Republican led effort to condemn MoveOn.org for its ad calling General Petraeus on the carpet for being a political hack and betraying the troops, who stood with MoveOn’s right to have a voice? Hillary Clinton. Barack “the Coward” Obama voted PRESENT. Why? He didn’t want to have to stand for something that might be unpopular in a national election.
So who does MoveOn endorse for President? Barack of course. MoveOn has now demonstrated they are not to be taken seriously. They fuck the people who stand up for them and reward the ones who refuse to stand. That is courage in their eyes? Assholes!!
UPDATE: Excellent points boys and girls. That’s the beauty of the blog. Getting informed opinions from a bunch of smart people. I hope you understand my fundamental point. I’m not crying crocodile tears because Hillary did not get the MoveOn endorsement. And, as Donovan and others point out below, such an endorsement brings more negatives than positives in the general election. But there is the matter of principle. When someone takes a political risk for you and stands up to the Republican attack machine, as Hillary did in this case and Barack did not, I do think a debt is owed.
The vote to condemn MoveOn was a window into the soul of both candidates. Barack, true to form as Susan notes below, chose to vote present. Hell, why take a stand on a controversial issue. Hillary, with an eye on the upcoming campaign, could have taken the politically expedient road–vote present, vote to condemn, or just don’t vote. She was willing to stand on the principle that the right of a left wing group to criticize the military and the President is a right that must be defended. That’s character. And that’s something lacking in both Barack and MoveOn.
And what a bitter irony. A group initially formed as a response to the unrelenting rightwing attack on Bill and Hillary does the truly classless think and tells the Clinton’s to shove off.