CINCINNATI (TDB) -- The Republican National Committee is not going to let people forget that on Oct. 11 2002 the Democratic Party's leading presidential candidate voted to authorize the use of force against Iraq. New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was certain five years ago "that a vote for this resolution best serves the security of our nation."
Now, of course, there is sharp debate over whether she got it right or flubbed when given an opportunity to challenge a foreign policy disaster in the making. At the time, the resolution was recognized as a measure allowing President George Bush to invade Iraq, a move that set the stage for a war that has grown increasingly unpopular.
The GOP even has a video of Hillary speaking in the Senate on that fateful day. If she wins the nomination, it is a scene that will be replayed endlessly, a scene that might have more impact on anti-war Democrats than those Republicans who believe President Bush was right.