Tuesday | October 15, 2002
Support for war ebbs
Why would Bush be seeking justification for war when Congress wrote him a blank check to wage war? Because the public doesn't buy it. And further evidence can be found in this ABC News article:
As the administration prepares for war with Iraq, a new mantra has emerged in the campaign to win the hearts and minds of Americans and, in effect, put Saddam Hussein on notice.This article is anecdotal, but consistent with polls that show no more than 60+ percent of Americans supporting war, a number that drops to under 50 percent if said war includes US casualties. But the quotes in the article are telling:
"I am not convinced President Bush has yet made the case," said Miles Harvey, a San Diego retiree. San Diego is home port to the Navy's Pacific Fleet, which directly employs more than 100,000 people.Etc., etc. You get the idea.
There was a time when I thought war talk would hurt Democrats. But I'm no longer so sure. I'm betting MN Sen. Wellstone rides his "no" vote to victory. The media doesn't have to "talk" about the economy for voters to realize things are just not going right, but the more they see Bush talking about war (and he obviously still is), the more out of touch he appears on domestic (economic) issues.Posted October 15, 2002 01:35 PM | Comments (6)