Shortly after I recovered from nausea after Obama's speech tonight, I was curious to see how our ideological counterparts on the left side were taking the news.
Over at Daily Kos they had a poll up where their readers could indicate their approval or disapproval of Obama's decision to send in 30,000 more troops. The result surprised me somewhat. As of this writing the results are as follows:
Knowing what you know now about U.S. plans for Afghanistan:
42% (5068 votes) said "I support the President's decision to send 30,000 more troops"
39% (4713 votes) said "I oppose the Presiden't decision to send 30,000 more troops"
17% (2043 votes) said "I have not yet made up my mind" (only 17%?)
1% (67 votes) said "No opinion" (at least they were honest)
Anyways, this is Daily Kos here. Pretty severely liberal crowd. Not exactly moderate centrists. The hard left has been wondering where their antiwar movement is? At home on the couch, snug as bugs in rugs. Almost half of them now approve of war in the mideast. 60% in total either like it, don't care or aren't likely to make up their minds and do anything about it anyways.
Gee. Now why is that? Perhaps as a Koster with the handle Klick2con10ue said in the comments on this piece:
"The people on this site are of an ever increasing number who choose
their political allegiances like they do their football teams, because
they like the mascot or just want to be on the side of the winning
team. Their decision process, presented as rationale, has not the
weight of moral compass or benefit of an accurate discernment of
historical context by which to guide them. When the winds of political
change shift they drift into whatever port that gives them safe haven
from their own unfounded fears."
Wow. I'll have to admit the same could be said for pretty much all of the conservative boards...honesty from the other team is always appreciated.
But there you go. It's their war now and they like it. It's not a Coke war, it's the newly redesigned Pepsi war and it tastes just fine.
Now in fairness, if you click into the comments for the article on Kos you'll see the 39% lamenting the poll results at great length and you'll see many say that if it was a republican war the numbers against would probably be in the high 90s. Just the same as neocon pundits and others are now criticizing "Obama's war" without skipping a beat.