Sen. Hillary Clinton made a variety of good points regarding Sen. Barack Obama while the two were contending for the Democratic Party's nomination for president. Now, she wants to take them back.
Sorry. Too late for that.
Sen. John McCain's campaign for president has begun airing television spots in which Clinton's primary season comments about Obama are repeated. Among them: "I know Sen. McCain has a lifetime of experience that he will bring to the White House. And Sen. Obama has a speech he gave in 2002."
Clinton's criticisms focused on Obama's lack of experience and his sometimes rough-and-tumble style of attacking opponents. Now that Obama is the nominee, however, Clinton wants voters to forget what she said.
But the points she made just a few months ago won't - and shouldn't - go away. Obama himself has lent credence to them by his choice of Sen. Joe Biden, with long experience in Congress and expertise in foreign affairs, as his running mate.
Of course, Democrats are quick to point out that McCain's choice for vice president has little experience in politics. The difference would be, however, that the experience she does have shows her to be a mavarick, ready to buck the "politics as usual" mentality so rampant in Washington, D.C., these days.
Issues raised during the primary election campaign remain relevant now. In fact, they are especially troubling particularly because they were made against Obama by a fellow Democrat.