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So where are the two "front runner" candidates on Iraq? Have they conquered their fear and actually said something of substance regarding the pre-emptive capitulation bill?

Well, there's certainly nothing at Obama's blog, which tells us that Obama was a popular dinner guest at some supporter's house, that his wife was interviewed by Glamour, and that a lot of regular people really, really, like Barack. Banality, I have found your home base.

Well, what about his press release section? Well, I find out that Obama calls for a "return to national unity", that some of his advisors travelled to Iowa for "policy discussions", that he's against "special interests", and that he's announced a whole gaggle of special-interest "steering committees". Oh, and he wants a return to a "sense of possibility".

Well, you'd think the guy who needs to make ground on Hillary would show a little aggressiveness on the premier issue of our age, but I'm sure his same-ol', same-ol' consultants are focus group testing possible responses.

But what about Hillary, who could earn some brownie points for finally leading on a key issue shared by not just the Democratic Party primary electorate, but by ALL Americans?

Well, nothing on her blog about Iraq. We have video about what a wonderful time some HIllary supporter had with her after winning some "spend some time with Hillary" contest. But did they have dinner together like Obama and the winner of his campaign's contest? We get a ton of posts about how Hillary's two decades in Washington mean she's the person to bring change to that misbegotten town, all the while pretending to ignore the irony.

On her press section, it's mostly a bunch of people endorsing Hillary. Oh, and a statement about the latest toy recall. Because that's apparently more important than anything having to do with Iraq.

So it's Friday, and the two front-runners are still refusing to lead.  

Last supplemental, Hillary and Barack hid in the shadows, refusing to talk about the issue. They voted at the last second possible. They may have voted the right way, but did ZERO to move their caucus, the party, and the national electorate on the debate.

For a bunch claiming they deserve to lead our party and our nation, they've done everything possible to avoid any leadership.

On the other hand, Chris Dodd and John Edwards haven't behaved so cowardly.

Update: Looking at the home pages right now:

John Edwards: A Bold New Anti-Terror Strategy. Today in New York, John Edwards outlined a bold new strategy to shut down terrorism and make America safer.

Chris Dodd: No Half Measures. We can stop a bad Iraq bill. Demand an enforceable deadline for withdrawing troops from Iraq.

Barack Obama: Labor Day in New Hampshire (wasn't that last Monday?)

Hillary Clinton: "Let's do lunch." Make a contribution today and you could be having lunch with Hillary and Bill. CONTRIBUTE.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Sep 07, 2007 at 09:33 AM PDT.

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