2007 April 14 Saturday
Republican Presidential Candidates Hobbled By Iraq?

In a nutshell: Republican primary voters are too dumb or ignorant or irrationally loyal to notice they are forcing Republican Presidential candidates to support an unpopular and doomed cause.

Mr. McCain declared in a speech at the Virginia Military Institute that defeat or surrender in Iraq was not acceptable, but he acknowledged that the hour was late and the result remained very much in doubt. He might well have been referring to his own political aspirations, the near-term future of the Republican Party and the historical verdict on George W. Bush’s presidency.

If polling is correct, Mr. McCain and the other Republican presidential candidates may have little choice. Republican primary voters, unlike the rest of the nation, appear to remain supportive of the president and the war, and the generals on the ground are asking for public patience in pursuing the new policy of pouring more troops into Iraq. Backing away from the White House and the war now could prove problematic for any candidate seeking the Republican nomination even if it could prove helpful in the general election.

All those Republican candidates are going to run in the primary supporting a huge mistake that the majority correctly perceives as a mistake. Then when the winner of the Republican nomination faces the Democratic contender in the general election that Republican will be saddled with that record of war support.

The Republican nominee for 2000 will benefit if an original war supporter wins the Democratic Party's nomination in 2008. Someone like Hillary Clinton has baggage of earlier war support. Barack Obama has the advantage of earlier war skepticism. But Obama doesn't seem as weighty and experienced about the world and in the general election people favor greater age and more experience when choosing a US President.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2007 April 14 04:32 PM  Politics American Presidency

Stephen said at April 14, 2007 7:59 PM:

How about Gore? He has a very good track record on being right about stuff.

Stephen said at April 14, 2007 9:26 PM:

...obviously in terms of a dem candidate.

Bob Badour said at April 15, 2007 8:43 AM:


What have you been smoking? Gore? Right about stuff?

Gore has a track record for being spectacularly wrong on just about everything. The idiot cannot even spell 'potato'.

Reality Czech said at April 15, 2007 12:59 PM:

I believe Mr. Badour is confusing Al Gore with Dan Quayle.

Ned said at April 16, 2007 11:32 AM:

I especially enjoy seeing Hillary squirm on this point. She wants to suck up to the lefties of the Democratic base, who want the war to end NOW, but as a woman, she doesn't want to appear squishy soft on national security/defense issues, and anyway, she voted for the resolution authorizing the war, but, wait, maybe she wouldn't have if she'd known then what she knows today, but then, maybe...you get the picture.

Bob Badour said at April 21, 2007 8:45 AM:

Reality Czech, I do believe you are correct!

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