The question for Obama ... is whether swing voters will respond favorably to the kind of frontal assault launched yesterday by Clark. The danger for Obama, of course, is that an ill-nuanced critique of McCain's war record (or at least the widely circulated soundbite) might look too much like bare-knuckled old politics, as opposed to the post-partisan new politics that Obama has promised.
On the other hand, if the Obama camp cools on using Wes Clark again, perhaps it might prefer to question McCain's national security qualifications by recycling this 1999 remark about the guy's war record: "It doesn't take a lot of talent to intercept a surface-to-air missile with your own airplane."
The guy who made that remark? John McCain. ... Dick Polman, Philly Inquirer ...
I don't much like Wes Clark and don't post this to defend him particularly. But McCain's the silly bastard here (yet again). Obama's made a statement. I don't think a candidate's war record is sacrosanct if he uses the record for political gain. But what the hey -- I'm one of those nuts who believe the military should stay out of politics in every sense of "stay out" and who thinks the threat to our national security comes from within.