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Agenda Journalism on the Front Pagge of the Washington Post

Monday, December 12, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Washington Post goes full Orwell today with its love letter to Hillary Clinton that begins:

At a time when politicians in both parties have eagerly sought public forums to debate the war in Iraq, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) has kept in the shadows.

Clinton has stayed steadfastly on a centrist path, criticizing President Bush but refusing to embrace the early troop withdrawal options that are gaining rapid favor in her party. This careful balance is drawing increasing scorn from liberal activists, frustrated that one of the party’s leading lights has shown little appetite to challenge Bush’s policy more directly and embrace a plan to set a timetable for bringing U.S. forces home.

Hillary Clinton is not a “centrist” on the war. As recently as November 15, she voted with Senator Levin to demand a timetable for withdrawal, an idea that is rejected by every serious proponent of victory in Iraq as the worst sort of defeatism.

Clinton intends just this sort of positioning for her 2008 presidential run, so it will be necessary to compile a detailed record of her Defeatocrat sentiments. Send me links to your posts on her record on the war, and I’ll list them here. I welcome specific suggestions on what facts and quotes the Washington Post overlooked in its piece today.

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