Democratic Party Unveils Draft of 2008 Platform
Some quick news about the 2008 Democratic Party platform from the Drafting Committee (note, the full Platform Committee still has to vote on this). The biggest news will be the way it frames the war in Iraq…no mincing words:
The Democratic Party will formally call the decision to go to war with Iraq a “strategic blunder” in its 2008 platform, according to a draft debated Saturday. The party also included language on Iraq withdrawal echoed by its presumptive nomine, Barack Obama, as it expressed a desire to “be as careful getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in.”
Very glad to see that they are labeling the decision itself to go into Iraq a blunder. We know McCain doesn’t feel this way and will try to focus the debate on the surge. Good for the Dems on officially re-focusing the issue on the decision in the first place.
The party’s draft differs from four years ago on Iraq, when it said “people of good will disagree about whether America should have gone to war in Iraq.” This time, reflecting a shift in American public opinion, the committee hopes to emphasize that “Iraq was a diversion from the fight against the terrorists who struck us on 9-11” while reiterating complaints about the war’s execution. It also echoes Obama’s calls to remove one to two military brigades each month.
“I think the facts are clear now,” Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, drafting committee chair, said after the hearing. “People of good will could disagree with the facts, but as clear as they are now, the facts are manifest that it was a blunder.”
The draft was introduced by Obama foreign policy adviser Susan Rice, so you know where this is coming from:
Obama Senior Foreign Policy Advisor Susan Rice, who presented that section of the draft, said she had not heard complaints from other committee members, but would not know until the full Platform Committee meets and votes on the platform whether it represented the view of most Democrats.
Note, there is also some good developments on universal healthcare:
On healthcare, the draft platform adds a call for universal coverage, offering a public plan while stressing people “should have the option of keeping the coverage they have” or participating in private programs.
The platform was drafted with input from thousands of Democrats across the country, and word is there was little resistance in the committee to including many of these core tenets.
Good for them.