Yesterday, Heath blogged about Gov. Bill Richardson’s latest campaign tactic: calling out the leading Dem. candidates on their Iraq War positions:
Richardson has thus far refrained from going negative. However, in an e-mail sent today to campaign supporters, he suggested that Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards have not been providing â€œstraight answersâ€ on how many troops they would leave in Iraq and for how long, and said that, while he has been â€œcompletely open,â€ theyâ€™ve responded to his asking for such details with â€œsilence.â€
And in stating that thereâ€™s no â€œconfusion of ambiguity or wafflingâ€ in his stance, the governor seems to be implying that there is in the stances of the other three.
Heath argued that, with Richardson’s poll numbers “stagnating” in important Iowa and New Hampshire, the New Mexico Governor has to make some sort of a move:
What do the polls mean for the governor? He isnâ€™t focusing time or money in South Carolina or New Jersey, so those donâ€™t mean much. He is putting almost all his resources into Iowa, where almost all recent polls have shown that his support has stagnated, and in New Hampshire, where his support also stagnated while that of Edwards has rebounded in recent weeks.
In addition, several critical union endorsements have gone in recent days to other candidates. Richardson has yet to snag any major union endorsements. This is a critical time for his campaign.
The governor needs to make a move. Apparently, directly challenging the top three on Iraq is it.
Richardson is advocating a complete withdrawal from Iraq, something the leading candidates have refused to do. Matt Yglesias gets in on the action too, writing that Richardson is asking “Good Questions“:
Â I’m not sure many liberals have really grasped how absurd it is that we seem destined to witness a 2008 campaign in which both major party nominees support continuing the war. Nor do the Clinton/Obama/Edwards camps seem to have given serious consideration to the fact that their general election adversary will probably find it relatively easy to ridicule this “end the war, but keep fighting it” stance the Democrats have all adopted.