Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Democrats win 30 of 50 states: Hillary promises troops home before Christmas
I cannot see the Republicans winning in 2008 with more than a token presence in Iraq or an attack by the new nominee on Bush and a promise to end the war immediately. 51% may not trust democrats to fight the war, but they may trust democrats to end it.
I cannot fathom your perspective. It isn't grounded in any historical experience. Vietnam, the famed Holy Grail of recent American war experience, saw the election of Republican Richard Nixon not once, but twice; the second time in an unprecedented landslide. That war, commenced under a Democratic Party president, was ended (stupidly, badly, ashamedly) by Republicans. The Cold War, launched as such during the Truman Administration, was ultimately ended by Ronald Reagan. Richard Nixon opened China. So where do you get the empirical evidence to support that the American people, in recent history, will trust the Democratic Party on the topic? The FDR legacy is long dead and buried, laid to rest by LBJ. The American people will trust Howard Dean? Or Hillary Clinton? Let's see. It's a long way off. But it seems to me that the best chance for a Democratic Party victory in 2008 is if the country is in a state of profound peace and calm...like the 90s.
Cardinal: exactly. History has been rewritten to ignore the fact that Americans supported Nixon twice, even in the depths of the anti-war protests. Bottom-line: we want security. A dovish president isn't going to happen when foreign policy and security are major issues.