Hillary and Obama

Amid all the chatter about Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama‘s plans for 2008, MSNBC goes beyond the usual process-y considerations to ask what the substantive policy differences are between them.

The answer: not much.

“Both Obama and Clinton voted against confirming Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito. Both would have supported a filibuster to block a confirmation vote on Alito, if Democratic leaders had tried to mount one.

“Each voted against an amendment to this year’s Senate immigration bill that would have denied legal status to those who had entered the United States illegally.

“No Obama vote on war in Iraq

“Both senators have voiced criticism of the way President Bush has conducted operations in Iraq.

“Yet when they were given the chance to enact Sen. Russ Feingold’s measure ordering Bush to withdraw most U.S. troops by July 1, 2007, both Clinton and Obama voted “no.”
Obama didn’t take a seat in the Senate until 2005, so he didn’t vote on the 2002 congressional resolution authorizing Bush to use force in Iraq.

“Clinton did vote for that resolution, as did 28 other Senate Democrats.

“Obama and Clinton have disagreed on a few issues since the beginning of 2005, such as a mandate forcing automakers to achieve 40 mile-per-gallon average fuel economy by the year 2017.

“Obama voted for that mandate, Clinton against it, and the Senate rejected it on a vote of 67 to 28.”

So what arguments does that leave each of them, if this fantasy matchup were ever to materialize?

Hillary, maybe, would say that she’s got more experience, especially on foreign policy.

Obama would counter by saying that he’s the face of the future rather than the past.

What else?

— Azi Paybarah

Hillary and Obama