Wednesday | February 12, 2003
In Iowa, voters oppose war
Iowa Democrats, more so than the average American, are starkly against war. And the candidate that is best positioned to take advantage of this is Howard Dean:
This anti-war militancy was on display Saturday night in Ames as 250 party activists attended the Story County Democrats' Annual Soup Supper. Four-term Sen. Tom Harkin roused the faithful by declaring: ''I believe we need a need a new debate and a new resolution in the Senate. And I believe that senators ought to stand up and vote whether or not we're going to go to war with Iraq.''Of course, if the war ends quickly, Dean's opposition may come back to bite him, or voters may simply forget. However, odds are not good of a quick war -- were even Saddam's capitulation could be followed by years of guerilla resistance (like Afghanistan).
But if the war becomes a Bush negative, it's clear that it would push Dean into the forefront of the field. It's his issue, and he'll ride it to boom or bust.Posted February 12, 2003 06:39 AM | Comments (18)