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Military Backs Bush

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Our friends on the Left are presently entertaining themselves with conspiracy theories about what Bush did or did not do in Alabama in 1972 and 1973 and at the same time patting themselves on the back for how they’ve pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes. This latter by nominating a man they consider a certified war hero whose four months of service in Vietnam gleams so brightly the voters will be dazzled past his dovish record for the last three decades.

That didn’t go over so well with the Swiftie attacks, but they can at least keep claiming against all the actual evidence that ‘those who did not serve’ are behind the attacks on Kerry’s record. They still expect us to be dazzled. Trouble is, it doesn’t appear to be working:

In the survey of more than 4,000 full-time and part-time troops, 73% said they would vote for Bush if the election were held today; 18% said they would vote for Kerry. Of the respondents, 59% identified themselves as Republicans, 20% as independents and 13% as Democrats. The survey was conducted Sept. 15-28 by the Army Times Publishing Co., which distributes the weekly newspapers Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times.

Admittedly, the survey is unscientific, and is skewed towards career officers, but USAToday goes on to note:

Even so, experts who examined the survey results said they do not bode well for the Kerry campaign’s efforts to woo the military, a traditionally Republican and conservative voting bloc. The Kerry campaign has highlighted his war record in an effort to burnish his credentials as a prospective commander in chief.

“You can’t dismiss” the results, said Peter Feaver, a Duke University political scientist who for years has studied the political leanings of the U.S. military. Feaver said it’s unlikely that Bush will receive 70% of votes cast by military personnel. But the results suggest it will be difficult for Kerry to make substantial gains among a group that has strongly supported Republican presidential candidates in the post-Vietnam era.

In other words, there’s no ‘man bites dog’ angle to this story. Military voters understand the stakes, and refuse to be dazzled.


Written by martinipundit

October 4, 2004 at 9:29 am

Posted in 2004 Election, Politics

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