Once again Republicans have stolen a page out of Hillary Clinton’s anti-Obama campaign playbook.
In a letter sent to Sen. Barrack Obama D-Ill. today, Sen. Jim DeMint R- SC — the ranking Republican on a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee that Obama chairs — tweaked Obama for not having held any hearings on the subject of NATO’s role in Afghanistan.
“With oversight of NATO relations and its role in Afghanistan, I believe it is time for us to focus closely on these issues,” DeMint wrote, suggesting a meeting of the subcommittee upon Obama’s return from a much anticipated trip abroad.
The letter was clearly a shot at the fact that Obama — chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs — has only held three hearings. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joe Biden, D-Del., told Meet the Press that "the reason Obama didn’t hold a hearing on NATO, I chair the committee. Every one of those committee hearings are held at full committee."
Either way, it’s not a new shot.
During a debate last February, Clinton said, “I also have heard Senator Obama refer continually to Afghanistan, and he references being on the Foreign Relations Committee. He chairs the Subcommittee on Europe. It has jurisdiction over NATO. NATO is critical to our mission in Afghanistan. He’s held not one substantive hearing to do oversight, to figure out what we can do to actually have a stronger presence with NATO in Afghanistan."
(Our friends at Politifact said this was a clean hit.)
McCain has also recently been attacking Obama for refusing to debate him, another favorite line of attack from Clinton, and for having voted "present" quite often as an Illinois state senator, also a classic Clinton golden oldie.
How soon before McCain starts challenging Obama to meet him in Ohio?