Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Hillary and Obama BOTH Flip on Cuba - to the Right

The Hill reported this morning on the flip (or "pivot") that Hillary Clinton has done on Cuba. Hillary's "fact squad" struck back (after the polls in Florida were closed) defending herself and claiming that that Obama has a flop of his own.

Hillary voted to allow US citizens the freedom to travel to Cuba in 2003 and '05, but on a recent questionairre said she doesn't support that (basic human) right. Obama has voted to end the embargo in the past, but said he supports it now.

Big surprise right? Democratic candidates move to the right on Cuba once running for National office. Some hoped that the democratic candidates might not pander to Miami as much because the primary was invalid. But no, the American people and common sense continue to have no input into the Cuba issue. Florida is too important in November.

Hillary tries to weasal out of her flip (and perhaps intentionally confuse the issue) by claiming that the old votes were consistent because she "has always been in favor of easing travel restrictions for humanitarian reasons." In fact, her votes were not humanitarian, but strategic - that they would help bring along regime change in Cuba by providing a "rebuke". She also gets extra nasty points for her campaign's attempt to sneak a lie past reporters. Before her fact squad responded in writing, her spokesman tried to claim to reporters that her votes were for family travel only (when they were for ALL US travel).

Obama's boldness to vote for dropping the entire embargo was one of the first things that attracted me to him. It is a shame he felt compelled to make his position more palatable in Florida, but that is the sad political reality.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is even more sad is that both candidates move to the right on Cuba, while the Cuban-American population is moving to the left.

Great blog!

2:33 PM  
Blogger jsb said...

Meanwhile in Cuba, a student is arrested for asking a question in an open forum:


This is the kind of regime that is supported by this blog. One that arrests students for speaking their mind, arrests them for wearing arm bands that say "change". A regime that bans MTV for social dangerousness. Any students who stumble upon this blog should remember that this is a propaganda web site set up to promote the agenda of the dictatorship in Cuba.

5:07 AM  
Blogger jsb said...

The irony of this post is that it was for questioning the inability of cubans to travel (a fundamental human right according to you) that he was arrested.

5:12 AM  
Blogger leftside said...

Get your facts straight. There was no arrest, detention or anything. That was another made up story made up by your "independent journalists" in Cuba and peddled by the ultra-right in Miami.

And do you know how pathetic and scared you sound, warning students and anyone else from the "propaganda web site set up to promote the agenda of the dictatorship in Cuba"?? Get a life and save your lies.

2:30 PM  

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