Well, in the heat of the current battle, this seems significant:
For many of us who closely watch the politics of reproductive health, it's been upsetting to see the issue become a wedge in this primary. Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have 100 percent pro-choice voting records. But for months now, Clinton has been attacking Obama for seven “present” votes he cast in the Illinois State Senate on legislation that would have rolled back reproductive rights. The state's Planned Parenthood says it encouraged Obama to vote “present” — over his own objections — in order to preserve a pro-choice seat in the legislature. [emphasis mine — Charley.] But that explanation hasn't stopped the Clinton campaign from hammering the “Obama is wobbly on choice” message home with a New Hampshire mailer, multiple press releases, and a conference call with journalists.
Planned Parenthood's approval of Obama's strategy was news to me, so I'm drawing attention to it. This is plainly a desperately creative attempt to create a glimmer of daylight between candidates with quite similar views. Too bad it really has no basis in reality.
To echo Bob, I think Hillary and Bill aren't doing themselves any favors with stuff like this. If they wanted to beat up Obama on coal, or inexperience, or whatever, great. But making up hot-button stuff just makes their campaign look as Machiavellian as suspected, and reinforces Obama's themes of transcendence — whether he deserves that aura or not.
And more importantly, it detracts from the affirmative case for a Hillary Clinton presidency, something she's had difficulty delineating. It's too bad, because I'd like to hear more about it.