Just when you think that possibly Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) has done something to clarify her position on the war in Iraq, she turns around and has a day like she did on Wednesday. Clinton said originally that she would support an amendment that would have established a withdrawal deadline for the U.S. troops in Iraq, but by then she told reporters that she would not support the amendment, but in the end, she ended up voting for the amendment anyway. At first, Clinton was asked if she favored the troop withdrawal legislation before the Senate. She said, “I’m not going to speculate on what I’m going to be voting on in the future. I voted in favor of cloture to have a debate.”

Later in the day, she changed her mind and said, “I support the underlying bill. That’s what this vote on cloture was all about.” He vague answers and mind changing are starting to leave even her fellow Democrats a little confused. A campaign spokesperson for Sen. Chris Dodd said, “We’re as confused as anyone on Senator Clinton’s position. Frankly, it’s hard to know whether it’s indecision, miscommunication or simple word games and political gamesmanship we’re dealing with. Our troops in Iraq don’t have time for poll-tested word games,” Christy Setzer said. Clinton believes that her position has not changed. “This is consistent with what I’ve been saying for several years,” she said.

Usually I would refrain from using a quote from an opposing political campaign, but that quote perfectly captures how many Democrats feel about Hillary. Mrs. Clinton has yet to stake out a consistent position that she has stuck to on the issue of Iraq. Look, it is fine to have candidates who change their minds, but why must she be so fuzzy, vague, and inconsistent all at the same time, often on the same day? She is either a flip-flopper like John Kerry, or she is trying to smooth and nuance her way around everything.

Things like today are the reason why quite a few Democrats are reluctant to support her. Count me among those people who would like to know what a candidate stands for before I vote for them. Hillary is making it very difficult for me to figure out where she stands on the biggest issue in the campaign. To me, this strategy may be safe, but it won’t be a winning formula next November.

All quotes are from this AP article. 

Jason Easley is the editor of the politics zone at 411mania.com.  His news column The Political Universe appears on Tuesdays and Fridays at www.411mania.com/politics 

Jason can also be heard every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 pm (ET) as the host of The Political Universe Radio Show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thepoliticaluniverse
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