The Cuba Factor

Via Mark Kleiman, Rodger Payne rounds up the several respects in which Barack Obama has outlined a more sensible Cuba policy than has Hillary Clinton. He's not been willing to move toward full sensibleness, but Clinton has indicated that she'll take a full-on "whatever CANF wants" approach to the issue. Somewhat similarly, while Obama's hardly been a saint on Israel-Palestine issues, he's at least managed to make AIPAC somewhat uncomfortable with his approach.

This is how it goes down the line on foreign policy issues -- there are no yawning gaps between Clinton and Obama, but across a broad range of subjects Obama has positioned himself substantively better, while Clinton has been very cautious about challenge any aspects of entrenched conventional wisdom. To me, ultimately, that's what my preference for Obama is about. I find the cult a little creepy, too.