So, how'd those Fighting Dems do?
Back in the spring, before the primaries, a liberal friend sent me a copy of an email she got from the Dems about all their veterans who were running for state or federal office. Here's a link to it on her blog-
I remember thinking at the time that it was interesting that the Dems felt they had to point out their vets, because usually the GOP doesn't. I maintained then that it was because such a vast majority of the military are Republicans, it's nothing new to us to have veterans running for office. I did think it was telling that in this election the Dems felt they needed to point this out.
Here's the list of 'Fighting Dems' that made it to the General Election-
Democrat Veteran Candidates
That's quite a few. This article tells how they fared-
Of the list a grand total of FOUR won in their races.
What does that tell me? That's it's not enough to trot out a veteran to run for office so you can 'show' you support the troops (or whatever). We're not so blind (or stupid) as to think that just because she's a veteran she must be right and I must vote for her.
I don't think we'll see quite the emphasis on Veterans in the Dems party in 08, it just didn't play well enough for them this time. They'd much rather be mocking the troops than supporting veterans for public office.
(But at least the Dems finally got a pic of AMERICAN troops on their webpage now!)
Tags- Election 06. Veterans