When candidates asked about an important issue find themselves unwilling or unable to give a shorter and clearer answer than Joe Biden, they have a problem.
Both Senators Clinton and Obama have a problem this week.
Senator Dodd has drawn a line in the sand and promised to filibuster any bill that gives retroactive immunity to telecoms companies who conspired with government agents to spy on us illegally. (Leave aside the question of whether the sloppy language also retrospectively immunizes illegal black bag jobs.)
Asked if he would support Dodd's filibuster, Joe Biden, a notoriously long-winded speaker, gave the following extended answer, which I quote in full:
Compare that to Clinton and Obama's game playing, per Glenn Greenwald.
Update: Sen. Obama has come up with a clear statement:
“To be clear: Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies.”