Greg Sargent (TPM):
Joe Trippi -- the former Howard Dean Web guru and now top Web adviser to John Edwards -- doesn't think much of the things Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are doing in the Senate to end the war -- he calls those efforts "baloney, and everybody knows it."
Nor does Trippi think much of Hillary's proposal to deauthorize the war. "Like we didn't do that in Vietnam?" he says scathingly. "I mean, come on."
Trippi made the comments in a long interview I did with him yesterday. When I asked him if it was really fair to say that Edwards was more antiwar than his Presidential rivals, Trippi unloaded:
"Not by a long shot. It's not even a close call. I mean, they are sitting around wondering how they're going to find sixteen Republican Senators to override the President's veto. That's baloney and everyone knows it. But that's what they're working to do. You have deauthorization of the war. Like we didn't do that in Vietnam? I mean, come on."
"There's only one candidate who's saying, `Send the President the same bill again and again, he's the one who's not funding the troops," Trippi continued, in a reference to Edwards. "That's a far, far cry from, `Hey, let's go find sixteen phantom Republican Senators,' or `Hey, let's deauthorize the war.' Sixteen words got us into this war, and sixteen phantom Republican Senators aren't going to get us out."
Obama spokesman Bill Burton dismissed Trippi's broadside: "Obama opposed the invasion of Iraq from the very start, back in 2002 when it wasn't popular to be against this war," Burton said. "And he introduced a plan in January that would have begun withdrawing our combat forces on May 1st and would have brought them home by March 31st, while forcing the Iraqi government to meet its obligations." The Clinton camp declined comment.
Much more from Trippi's interview with me on a bunch of topics, including the new netroots landscape, after the jump.
EC: But what about the future?
TRIPPI: You'll have to wait and see. We are not going to be that transparent at this moment. Although we are for transparency, I will not be transparent right now.