The Clinton campaign has apparently thought better yesterday’s plan to attack Obama for being too liberal. Instead it’s attacking him for being insufficiently pro-choice: not an issue the Republicans are likely to pick up on in November. That’s the good news.
The bad news (if you’re a Clinton fan) is that the charges are dishonest. Apparently the strategy of having some strongly pro-choice members of the Illinois Senate vote “present” instead of “no” on some anti-choice bills was designed by Planned Parenthood of Illinois as a way of giving cover to Senators from swing districts who didn’t want to vote “Yes” but couldn’t survive voting “No.”
“The poor guy is getting all this heat for a strategy we, the pro-choice community, did,” said Pam Sutherland, president and CEO of the Illinois Planned Parenthood Council.
Yeah, yeah, you already knew Mark Penn was a liar. But as Brad DeLong likes to say, the Cossacks work for the Tsar. The very same unfailing judgment of talent and character that got the Clinton campaign Mark Penn as its ringleader would also be at work picking cabinet officers in a Clinton White House.