The "latte liberal" line-of-attack is in full force!
Hillary Clinton's decision to call Barack Obama's approach to rogue dictators "irresponsible and frankly naïve" on Tuesday is best understood as part of a broader effort to paint the freshman senator, who has captured the imagination of many upscale Democrats, as the latest in a long line of latte liberals.
Think of it as the Clinton version of the Reagan-Romney three-legged stool.
As Barack Obama's crowds continue to swell, keep telling yourself that the Iowa caucuses will be decided by people who wear eye-glasses rather than by people who listen to iPods. Oh yeah, and hold onto that tape of Obama telling ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that "everything should be on the table" when it comes to fixing Social Security. LINK
Sit back and chuckle as Obama -- who emerged as Planned Parenthood's favorite '08er -- gets pummeled by everyone from Mitt Romney to Al Cardenas to Sean Hannity for backing legislation in Illinois which would have started elements of sex education in kindergarten.
Every time Obama answers a national-security question on a topic other than Iraq, hammer him for showing any hint of softness. In Monday's debate, the issue was how to avoid being used as a pawn by the leader of a rogue regime. Back in April, the issue was readiness to use force in the face of an attack from Al Qaeda.
The Quad City Times, the newspaper at the center of Tuesday's epic Clinton-Obama showdown, has audio which you can listen to here: LINK
Read Rick Klein's account of the day's developments on ABCNews.com: LINK
Obama, who counterpunched Clinton on Tuesday by saying that what was "irresponsible and naïve" was voting to authorize the Iraq war, tends to Senate business on Wednesday. For her part, Clinton testifies on the Ballot Integrity Act at 10:00 am ET, she discusses expanded preschool at the Center for American Progress at 10:30 am ET, and she chairs a hearing on the EPA's environmental justice programs at 2:00 pm ET.
John Edwards joins seven time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong at 10:30 am ET for the fourth day of Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.
Bill Richardson is also in Iowa. He has stops in Mason City, Garner, Algona, Dakota City and Fort Dodge.
As for Mike Bloomberg, the New York mayor and potential independent presidential candidate delivers 1:00 pm ET remarks on education to the National Urban League conference taking place in St. Louis. He also sits down for an interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts which airs Thursday on "Good Morning America." Bloomberg's appearance comes two days before Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards and Dennis Kucinich address the same group.
Mitt Romney and John McCain both have busy campaign schedules in New Hampshire. Romney stops in Laconia at 7:45 am ET; in Franklin at 8:45 am ET; in New London at 10:30 am ET, in Concord at 12:45 pm ET, in Manchester at 4:00 pm ET and finishes the day with an "Ask Mitt Anything" town hall meeting in Bedford at 5:15 pm ET. For his part, McCain attends a 9:30 am ET forum in Manchester, NH, before meeting with local residents in Nashua and Keene.
Fred Thompson, who is shaking up his campaign leadership before even getting into the race, will be greeted by Fredheads at Hobby airport in Houston when he arrives at 10:00 am ET. He attends a private reception after that. Later in the day at Dallas Love Field, more Fredheads greet him at 4:30 pm ET. He stays in Dallas for another private reception. LINK
Mike Huckabee and Sam Brownback both campaign in Iowa while Rudy Giuliani has no public schedule.
President Bush receives a briefing by co-chairs of the President's Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors in the Oval Office at 9:55 am ET. The president later meets with delegates from Boys and Girls Nation in the East Room. First Lady Laura Bush delivers 12:00 pm ET remarks at the National Press Club.
On Capitol Hill, the House Judiciary Committee meets at 10:15 am ET to consider contempt citations against former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and White House chief of staff Josh Bolton for failure to comply with House subpoenas to turn over documents connected to the firing of U.S. Attorneys.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer holds a 10:30 am ET press conference on fiscal responsibility with members of the Democratic Blue Dog Coalition in H-107.
POLITICAL STORIES ON ABCNEWS.COM:
ABC News' Rick Klein "Clinton: Obama 'Irresponsible and Naïve'" LINK
ABC News' Teddy Davis "Will Romney Flip on Minimum Wage" LINK
ABC News' Raelyn Johnson "Edwards 'Hairy' Video Ad LINK
ABC News' Jennifer Parker and Nitya Venkataraman "Women Voters Weigh Their '08 Options" LINK
ABC News' Jason Rood 'Fishy Land Deal Causes Problems for Lawmakers" LINK
ABC News' Tahman Bradley: "Obama and Edwards Split on Clinton's Jacket" LINK
ABC News' David Chalian "Bush Grounds Dems in SC" LINK
ABC News' Kate Snow "Bill Clinton Watches Debate From Tanzania" LINK
POLITICAL VIDEO ON ABCNEWS.COM:
George Stephanopoulos reviews how the candidates fared in the YouTube debate. LINK
Clinton, Obama Clash on Foreign Policy LINK
John Edwards Asks What Really Matters? LINK
Obama Blasts Clinton on War LINK
Spin Room: Obamagirl, Meet 'Entourage' LINK
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