Don't Talk About the War

Gail Sheehy's Clinton campaign post-mortem is interesting, but like all such articles it's shocking to me how much it downplays Clinton's catastrophic political and substantive error in voting for the 2002 Iraq resolution. That mistake was about a thousand times more consequential than any particular instance of Mark Penn and Howard Wolfson bickering about this or that. It's just impossible for me to imagine her losing the nomination if she'd spent 2002 through early 2004 as a liberal hero and a lonely voice of sanity on the war.

If she'd made that call correctly, Obama never would have gotten in the race and we'd be talking about whether she should do the daring thing and pick that charismatic black Senator from Illinois as her running mate.