July 11, 2006
On GOP Strategy:
Â“LetÂ’s forget about global warming and talk about flag burning and gay marriage,Â” Clinton said. Â“I donÂ’t know how long you can milk that old cow.Â”
He has a point on flag burning. Most voters see that as a purely political move. But as far as gay marriage, please...please...please talk about that. The vast majority of Americans don't have a problem with homosexuality in general - it's none of their business as far as they're concerned - but when it comes to gay marriage, Dems laugh this one off at their own peril. In particular, two of their own largest constituencies - union members and African-Americans - feel strongly against it.
Basically, bad advice.
On the other hand, Clinton was clear that his party's "cut and run" strategy is unwise, perhaps laying the groundwork for his wife's Presidential run:
Â“Once you break the eggs, you have the responsibility to make an omelet,Â” he said. Â“ItÂ’d be an error to say weÂ’ll leave by X date.Â”
Well, I wouldn't put it that way, exactly. But he's right. To declare that troops would "leave by X date" would be utterly foolish. American voters - even those who think we should be out sooner than later - understand that.
Basically, good advice.
However, I have a funny feeling that Democrats this fall and beyond are more likely to accept the bad advice and ignore the good.
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