Sen. Barack Obama began his campaign with calls for a less divisive kind of politics, but now he sounds a more partisan tone. John Edwards, after building a campaign in part around ending poverty, has begun to lacerate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton as the perpetuator of a corrupt status quo in Washington.Howie P.S.: Meanwhile, "Obama Stands By Support For Spitzer Plan."
As Clinton (N.Y.), the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, seeks to solidify her position atop the race, her main rivals are reshaping the arguments for their candidacies and sparking a broader debate about the future of their party.
Axelrod countered that Obama's emphasis on fighting for the party is not new. "This election has always been about who can rally the country around a progressive agenda, and it still is," he said. "What we're debating here is what direction the party should go. Do we fight for our principles . . . or do we calculate shifts on the ground according to political conditions?"
He also disputed the notion that Obama cannot be both a fighter for Democratic values and a post-partisan unifier. "They are compatible," he said. "Independent voters and disaffected Republican voters will give you a fair hearing if they don't think they're going to get a bait-and-switch. They want to know where you stand."
Thursday, November 15, 2007
"Clinton's Rivals Adopt More Partisan Approach"