I never served.Â Truth be told, I’d be a lousy soldier on a number of fronts.Â But I did grow up in an Air Force town and have many military friends.Â
The conventional wisdom is that the military always tends to favor Republicans. Yet in 2006, more than 50 former Iraqi war veterans ran for Congress as Democrats.Â And the situation is growing even more dire for the GOP,Â as this story suggests.
From the story:
According to an analysis of campaign contributions by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, Democrat Barack Obama has received nearly six times as much money from troops deployed overseas at the time of their contributions than has Republican John McCain, and the fiercely anti-war Ron Paul, though he suspended his campaign for the Republican nomination months ago, has received more than four times McCain’s haul.
Despite McCain’s status as a decorated veteran and a historically Republican bent among the military, members of the armed services overall — whether stationed overseas or at home — are also favoring Obama with their campaign contributions in 2008, by a $55,000 margin. Although 59 percent of federal contributions by military personnel has gone to Republicans this cycle, of money from the military to the presumed presidential nominees, 57 percent has gone to Obama.
Even though the total amount of money sent to the candidates is small, how telling is it that John McCain is getting such poor play from our men and women in uniform?