Tom Schaller has a nice article on just how badly the Republicans have blown it with Iraq (h/t Atrios).
Republican self-identification has declined nationally and in almost every American state. Why? The short answer is that President Bush's war of choice in Iraq has destroyed the partisan brand Republicans spent the past four decades building.Indeed.
That brand was based upon four pillars: that Republicans are more trustworthy on defense and military issues; that they know when and where markets can replace or improve government; that they are more competent administrators of those functions government can't privatize; and, finally, that their public philosophy is imbued with moral authority. The war demolished all four claims.
And this bit is for Putz:
A Military Times poll released in December revealed that only 35 percent of military members approved of the president's handling of the war - despite the fact that 46 percent of them are self-identified Republicans (down from 60 percent in previous Military Times polls) while just 16 percent are Democrats. According to a recent Zogby survey of troops serving in Iraq, 72 percent want American forces home within a year.Bush haters. Don't they know that we're fighting for the survival of our civilization?
I do find that 16% number interesting because Kerry got almost 40% of the military vote in 2004, unlike Gore who got closer to that 16%. Either way, the trend will continue, as it will nationwide.