Fighting words from Senator Hillary Clinton. At the Democratic National Committee Winter Meetings, she passionately proclaimed, "If we in Congress don't end this war before January 2009, as president, I will." She also said that had she been President in October 2002, "I would not have started this war." Yes - the Daily News predicts that'll be Clinton's "flip-flop" soundbite.
Clinton supports a bipartisan Senate non-binding resolution that disapproves of the the President's troop increase but doesn't cut off funding, which become something former Senator John Edwards questioned. Edwards said that Democrats should be cutting off funding instead to make a stronger statement. He said, "[President Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove are] counting on us to be weak, to be political and to be careful. This is not the time for political calculation. This is the time for political courage."
Senator Barack Obama supports the resolution, but kept to simply saying, "But whether you were for it or against it then, we all have a responsibility now to put forth a plan that offers the best chance of ending the bloodshed and bringing the troops home." Obama has been the "rock star" of the meetings, with students eager to listen to what he has to say.
Photograph of Clinton at the Democratic National Committee Winter Meetings in Washington by Evan Vucci/AP