Monday, October 18, 2004
High and Dry
The winner in yesterday's debate among Senator Schumer, Assemblyman Howard Mills, and Marilyn O'Grady was President Bush. This became clear when Mr. Schumer, a Democrat, took on his two colleagues in the world's greatest deliberative body, John Kerry and John Edwards, who are his party's nominees for president and vice president. Mr. Schumer did not attack them by name, but anyone who has been even casually following the presidential race knows that Messrs. Kerry and Edwards both voted for the war in Iraq but against $87 billion to support the troops there. Mr. Schumer voted for the war and for the $87 billion. "I voted for the $87 billion to back up our soldiers," Mr. Schumer said. "I'm never going to leave our soldiers high and dry, and I didn't when I voted for the $87 billion."What a remarkable moment. New York's senior senator is accusing his own party's presidential and vice presidential nominee of voting "to leave our soldiers high and dry."
Somebody might be seeing the handwriting on the wall, and like Bill Clinton and a few others, starting to distance oneself from a potentially losing cause?