I don’t want to start Obama-bashing but his campaign is turning in a way that belies the “new politics” he advocates. He’s in Ohio today and is continuing to turn his attention to John McCain. Today he warned his audience that Senator McCain is talking about “a 100-year war” in Iraq.
McCain has said no such thing. What he did say was that it would not concern him if we were in Iraq for 100 years, as long as they were no casualties, just as we’ve been in Korea for over 50 years without casualties. You can certainly argue that that is a bad idea unto itself, but twisting his words to say something very different than their meaning sounds like the old politics to me.
It also sounds a lot like what the Clintons did to him a couple weeks ago, twisting his remark that the Republicans have been the party of new ideas for the past 25 years into an endorsement of those ideas.
Sen. Obama has brought a much-needed breath of fresh air to the political conversation. Now that the nomination is within his grasp I hope he is not going to abandon the principles that got him this far.