Everyone has the right to change their mind…its just that Senator Barack Obama does it SO very much. Well maybe this time it is not a flip-flop. Last September Senator Obama slipped out of the room when it was time for a Senate resolution bashing the General “Be-tray-us” ad generated by George Soros and Move.on. According to USA Today he was not present for the vote, even thought he voted for an earlier version of the bill just moments before:
In the latest round of maneuvers over last week’s MoveOn.org ad attacking Gen. David Petraeus, Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chris Dodd today voted against a Senate resolution that condemned the ad and supported Petraeus. Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden, two other Democrats running for president, did not vote on the measure. Only 25 senators voted against the symbolic resolution, which said Petraeus “deserves the full support of the Senate” and the Senate “strongly condemn(s) personal attacks on the honor and integrity of General Petraeus and all members of the United States Armed Forces.”
The AP said Obama did not vote on the resolution even though he had voted “minutes earlier” for an alternative that condemned the MoveOn ad as an “unwarranted personal attack,” but also condemned attack ads that questioned the patriotism of Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and former Sen. Max Cleland, D-Ga., both Vietnam veterans.
The Senator must have gotten permission from his Move-on bosses to publicly bash them because today he said:
The Illinois senator said politics too often seems “trapped in old, threadbare arguments” that he called “caricatures of left and right.”
This, Obama added, was “most evident during our recent debates about the war in Iraq, when those who opposed administration policy were tagged by some as unpatriotic, and a general providing his best counsel on how to move forward in Iraq was accused of betrayal.”
The Democrat argued that “given the enormous challenges that lie before us, we can no longer afford these sorts of divisions.”
So Senator, if we can no longer afford those sorts of divisions, why did you sneak out of the room when it was time for a Senate vote on the issue? We can no longer afford political cowardice either.