Markos Moulitsas is right on target with his analysis of Hillary. Even though she represents the second most liberal state in the union, she 's a particularly uncourageous candidate. Although New Yorkers are overwhelmingly against the Iraq War, Hillary has yet to hear her speak forcefully against the war or defend the war against critics. That 's what spirited politicians do, either side with critics or explain why critics are wrong. The war is an issue that she completely ducks, which repeats the proven losing strategy of the past that has relegated the Democrats to minority status. The theory that a winning strategy requires avoiding controversy that might offend potential voters has been completely discredited at the polls. Yet, many Democrats cling to that failed strategy. Democrats and the country long for candidates with backbone. That was why Howard Dean excited so many that he was able to stage a high funded grassroots campaign without a dime or a nod from the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC).
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