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William Daley punts when asked on Obama conference call about running for governor of Illinois.

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WASHINGTON--Former Commerce Sec. William Daley declined to comment when asked Sunday about his plans to run for governor of Illinois. Daley was on an Obama campaign conference call with Obama campaign economic advisor Jason Furman, pressing the case that presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) will cut more middle class taxes than rival Sen. John McCain (R-Az.). Obama and McCain are expected to talk economics this week. But the McCain campaign also plans to press Obama about his comments that he will "refine" his Iraq troop pull-out plan. That's the subject of a McCain conference call coming up this afternoon.

My Sun-Times colleague Abdon Pallasch asked Daley about his interest in running for governor of Illinois. Daley has been laying the groundwork for a 2010 bid, even asking some people to stay neutral until he decides if he wants to jump in. Daley's main consultant is Obama's chief strategist, David Axelrod, who also advises Mayor Daley. (A third Daley brother, John, is the number two man on the Cook County Board.)

With Furman and Obama press staffer Josh Earnest providing verbal cover--Daley said he would "ignore" the question about his political future.


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Obama "will 'refine' his Iraq troop pull-out plan"?

I thought refining was something one did to sugar, not important policy decisions.

After all, wasn't it Obama who said his judgement trumped Hillary's--and now, presumably, McCain's--experience.

Sounds like he is tacitly admitting his judgement on this was poor.

-Wm Tate,
http://www.atimelikethis.us/


There is a difference between refining tactics and refining missions. Perhaps, McCain and many republican media and radio shows try their best to dilute the fact that Obama's mission about Iraq has been consistence since the beginning; and YES it is based on his good judgment. On the other hand tactics out to be refined as we move to achieve the objective of the mission. It is simply impossible to predict the tactic to be used nor it is possible to promise on a given tactic without a major miss-handling of the situation.

Not only we need to refine the tactics and details of the plan today, we need to refine them during the course of ending the war. It needs to be refined based on every intelligence report, it needs to be refined based on every single changes in the situation, every plan made by Iraqis and every action carried by terrorists and opposition groups.

What is important is to keep the mission and the main objective as the tactics and details of the plan is refined. It is important to measure the progress based on the initial objective of the mission and do anything to stay in the right path. That is exactly what is mission in the current administration.

At the beginning of the "surge", the mission was to speedup political acceptance among Iraqi opposition groups. It was argued that the so called "surge" can provide temporary security to allow Iraqis take control of their own country. Once the surge was started, the mission was forgotten. Instead of measuring the progress as "how better Iraqi government can control their own country", we started measuring reduction is violence. Instead of counting membership of opposition groups and calling reduction of membership as success, we switched our attention and started counting their attacks.

Obama has proven the judgment to keep the mission in mind and not get distracted with signs of fake progress. He opposed the was in 2002 before its start, not because he didn't think that we can get Saddam Hussein, but because as he had a judgment to predict that it would be difficult to get out of Iraq. He knew and said before the beginning of the war that "[on the next election] we will talk about how to get out of Iraq, how to make sure that Iraq will not be divided into Shia and Sunni and Kurds".

He stayed on the mission then, he stayed on the mission we he opposed the "surge", and he is still on the mission to say "surge" does not work. Because none of the plans or actions so far has got us any closer to the objectives of the mission.

Here in Detroit, the general public voted in the 'hip/ hop mayor'. Older wiser population stated he was to young and immature, but he got in. So now look at the mess. Another is running for President, one who lacks experience, substance and integrity. What kind of mess are we if for with this presidential candidate? One can call him the 'Spin Doctor', which ever way the political wind blow, that's what you are going to here, about his positions.

HE IS NOT REFINING ANYTHING, HE IS PULLING THE THROOPS OUT!
THAT'S THE TROUBLE WITH MCCAIN, HE HAS NO AGENDA, HE IS TRYING TO
START SOME TROUBLE, OBAMA IS THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB!
OBAMA UNLIKE MCCAIN WILL PULL THE THROOPS OUT OF HARMS WAY!
THE QUESTION IS WHY DOES MCCAIN LIKE IRAQ SO MUCH IF AFGHANISTAN
IS THE REAL PROBLEM?

JP---I wish you spoke in all caps--because the logic seems like someone shouting (And Phil--please use lower case sometime, eh?) in an email.
Detroit was ALREADY a mess after the racist Polish population engaged in their antics throughout the 60s and 70s.
Besides which--if Obama seems anything at all like the Detroit mayor--then you need to remove your xenophobe filter off those glasses you're wearing. Or are they contacs?

Any intelligible plan should "refine" its details as information is gained and events progress. If it didn't we may be in this war for, oh say maybe "100 YEARS!?!"

Oh I'm sorry...that IS the plan for McSame!

STOP MAKING EXCUSES, WHY YOU WON'T VOTE FOR OBAMA!
AND TO COMPARE HIM TO KILPATRICK WAS A LOW BLOW!
I DON'T THINK KILPATRICK HAS A LAW DEGREE!
JUST SAY YOU ARE A REPUBLICAN, DON'T COMPARE PEOPLE, OBAMA IS THE
BETTER CHOICE FOR PRESIDENT, AND YOU KNOW IT!

Where is Lisa Madigan? I really thought with her fine record as Attorney General she should be Governor of Illinois.

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