Hillary Clinton Backpedals On Gays, Iraq

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(Guest blogged by Logan Murphy)

Wednesday on Good Morning America, Senator Hillary Clinton was asked about her thoughts on the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy and the statement by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Peter Pace that homosexuality is immoral. She ducks what should have been a very simple question to answer.

NYT Caucus Blog (h/t Gregory)

Asked on ABC News today if she agreed with General Pace's view that homosexuality was immoral, Mrs. Clinton said: "Well I'm going to leave that to others to conclude." She added, "I'm very proud of the gays and lesbians I know who perform work that is essential to our country, who want to serve their country and I want make sure they can." Read more...

I'm not sure who she was trying to impress with that answer, but I'd bet Rupert Murdoch was pleased. There was only one correct answer to that question, Senator Clinton, and it wasn't the one you gave. Clearly, her lukewarm response didn't play well, because sensing a major triangulation error, she released a statement that she was misconstrued.

Not content with playing to the wedge issues crowd, the NY Times is also reporting that Hillary is backpedaling significantly from her earlier statements that if George Bush didn't withdraw the troops by 2009, if elected, she would do so:

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton foresees a "remaining military as well as political mission" in Iraq, and says that if elected president, she would keep a reduced military force there to fight Al Qaeda, deter Iranian aggression, protect the Kurds and possibly support the Iraqi military.

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Obviously, Hillary is getting her information from the same source as Matt Drudge. She's repeating every last White House justification for remaining in Iraq. I hate to break this to you, Sen. Clinton, but they've got a pretty bad batting average on intelligence in this area. For as intelligent as she is, she sure doesn't seem to understand that.

Matt Browner Hamlin at HuffPo has a little something to say to Hillary on the subject of flip-flopping, or as we in the reality-based community like to call it: lies.

(h/t Nicole for assistance)


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