Hillary’s Iraq War Problem

One of the reasons that I don’t think Hillary has a lock on the Democratic nomination or on the Presidency is the enormous amount of alienation that she has created on the left by refusing to call for a cut and run strategy in Iraq. Although she hasn’t dismayed the lefties as much as Lieberman, who unlike Hillary is an enthusiastic supporter of the troops and the war, Hillary is really paying a price for her pro-war stance, however it might be.

Just take a look at these numbers from a poll at the Democratic Underground and you’ll see what I mean. Here’s the question, “If Hillary apologized for her IWR vote, would that actually satisfy you?”

Now, here’s the response:

Those are some ugly, ugly numbers and they come from exactly the sort of people who will actually turn out to vote in the Democratic primaries.

PS: Since the front runner on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton, is widely disliked by the netroots while the front runner on the right side, John McCain, is absolutely despised by the rightroots, the 2008 elections will be a real test of the influence for the blogosphere.

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