Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Brian is right that Obama's main appeal comes from the fact that he opposed the war when other candidates did not. It's the edge up he has over Edwards and especially Clinton. But the thing is, most of the contry was behind the war at the beginning of the invasion (a poll in March 2003 found that 65 percent of respondents thought the war in Iraq "helped" the war on terrorism). I was only after the bodies started piling up that people began to question the motives of the administration for going to war. In that way, Clinton and Edwards are like the rest of America. They have to come to terms with supporting the war then and now opposing it now.