19
Aug
2005

Anti-war populism: The floodgates open

AntiWar.Com
by Justin Raimondo

08/19/05

The neocon radio screamers and the Fox News bleach blondes are always carrying on about how it's 'the Left' and 'the leftists' who are driving rising antiwar sentiment across the country, but if you look at the polls, it just isn't true. Paul Hackett, an Iraq war veteran and a Democrat running in a heavily Republican district, almost beat the GOP candidate in a special congressional election in Ohio, winning 48 percent of the vote, against the 52 percent won by Rob Portman, the Republican incumbent in 2004. The Republicans are running scared on the war issue, and GOPers are defecting from the ranks of the War Party in droves .... Wartime often transforms party labels, rendering traditional political categories of 'left' and 'right,' 'liberal' and 'conservative' similarly meaningless. We seem to be at the beginning of some such transformative phase. Amid all the debate, the name-calling, and the obfuscating fog of charges and counter-charges, what is clear to ordinary folks -- Republicans as well as Democrats and independents -- is that there are two wings of the War Party, represented by the leadership of both 'major' parties...

//www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=7009


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