Thursday, May 24, 2007

Earning the Military Vote

I often disagree with Kevin Drum, but he's a very good blogger, reasonable and insightful. He posts about a fascinating piece from Washington Monthly's June issue where seven war veterans write on how candidates can get their votes in 2008.

They represent only seven opinions, but I suspect they're representative of a good-sized chunk of the military. Republicans still heavily outnumber Democrats there, but the gap has closed. I get the feeling that like many American groups, they are dissatisfied with their traditional party affiliation, but don't see the grass as being greener on the other side. They're looking for leadership and articulation of a set of values and policy goals that is both idealistic and realistic, tough but flexible.

Can any of the candidates in the presidential race offer that? Actually, I think several could, but all of them have much to overcome to get there.

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