Somewhat reminiscent of Sen. John Kerry's (D-MA) tortured explanations on his Iraq war positions McAuliffe said said yesterday morning, "She voted to give the President the authority to negotiate and to have a stick to go over there and negotiate with Saddam Hussein."
Clinton has recently tried to distance herself from the vote going so far as to say that if she knew then what she knows now she wouldn't have voted that way.
However, the Senator has also made clear that she doesn't believe you get do-overs and she takes responsibility for that vote.
Writing under a "Hillary Does Iraq Flip: GOP" header, the New York Post's Maggie Haberman has Clinton campaign spokesman Blake Zeff saying: "If the Republicans want to make this election a referendum on who's right on Iraq, they can be my guest. One of the reasons they lost 30 seats in November while Sen. Clinton routed their candidate is because she's right on this issue and they're hopelessly out of touch." LINK
2008: Democrats: Obama:
Chicago Sun-Times Lynn Sweet sets the record straight for the Obama and Clinton camps, dismissing reports that Obama was educated in a radical Islamic school during his elementary student years in Jakarta and revealing that "no evidence whatsoever" is linked between the Clinton campaign and the rumor. LINK
The Chicago Tribune's Jill Zuckman writes up the unlikely meeting of Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) and 10 Republican congressman at an upstairs room at the Monicle. Even the check was bipartisan; Emmauel and LaHood " split the $800 tab between them, leaving an additional 20 percent tip." LINK
Note also Emanuel dishing out free rooms and his invitation to President Bush, as part of a possible pattern.
The Washington Post team of Juliet Eilperin and Michael Grunwald write that Speaker Pelosi's "powerplay" on global warming is a sign that she wants her caucus to know that she is serious about discipline and avoiding a return to the days of powerful committee chairmen. LINK
Politics of Iraq:
The Wall Street Journal's David Rogers looks at some of Republicans distancing themselves from President Bush's Iraq war, including Boehner, who "surprised some of his own colleagues by proposing the creation of a bipartisan House select committee to oversee the president's strategy in Iraq and hold the White House accountable for achieving prescribed "benchmarks."
"While details of the competing Iraq plans varied, one point could not be mistaken: a growing number of senators in both parties find the president's strategy flawed. While some Republicans still vow to back the White House, the tough language from Mr. Warner, a former chairman of the Armed Services Committee and a onetime Navy secretary, dealt a blow to administration officials trying to salvage the Iraq plan," write Jeff Zeleny and Carl Hulse of the New York Times about the alternative bipartisan anti-surge resolution unveiled yesterday by Sens. Warner, Collins, Nelson (NE), and Coleman. LINK
The Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman on the same: LINK
"Warner Bill Hits Bush's Troop Surge," blares the front-page of the Washington Times. LINK
Minneapolis Star Tribune's Kevin Diaz covers Sen. Norm Coleman's (R-MN) backing of a new Senate resolution Monday opposing a buildup of U.S. troops in Baghdad -- Diaz writes it's a move designed to stem criticism from Minnesota DFLers for appearing to break from Bush's war policy, but refusing to back up his words in votes. LINK