Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Mac captures anti-war vote

Say what?
Another surprising finding in the national exit polls: John McCain — who has made the war in Iraq and the need for continued U.S. involvement there a centerpiece of his campaign — is actually winning among Republicans who are against the war. Among those Republicans who disapprove of the war, nearly half voted for McCain, while only a quarter voted for Mitt Romney — even though McCain spent the past few weeks trying to portray Romney as more liberal on the war.
It would be useful to know what "against the war" actually meant in that exit poll. Did it mean against the way Bush has prosecuted the Iraq war, or against the war on terra, or against all wars?

Politically speaking it means his strategery paid off. McCain painted himself as wildly against "torture" and wildly against GTMO. He strongly criticized Rummy and even Bush for botching the war, then gave himself credit for coming to the rescue by suggesting the surge. What Schneider might want to consider is why those "anti-war" voters didn't vote for Barack Obama.

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