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WP: Republican Base United On Iraq War

This is actually a stunning admission to see on the front page of the DNC’s Washington Post:

GOP’s Base Helps Keep Unity on Iraq

Lawmakers Not Backing War Pay Price

By Jonathan Weisman
Monday, April 30, 2007; A01

With public opinion tilting firmly toward ending U.S. involvement in the war in Iraq, Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest (R-Md.) might have expected praise for his votes that would start to bring the troops home. Instead, at town hall meetings on the Eastern Shore, the former Marine and Vietnam combat veteran has been called a coward and a traitor.

After Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) voted for a nonbinding resolution opposing President Bush’s troop increases, reaction in his district was so furious that local GOP officials all but invited a primary challenge to the reliable conservative. Inglis responded with multiple mailings to his constituents, fence-mending efforts and a video message on his House Web site pleading his case. On subsequent Iraq votes, he has not strayed from the Republican fold.

The experiences of the few Republicans to vote against the war help explain the remarkable unity that the party has maintained in Washington behind an unpopular president. Just four Republicans — two in the House, two in the Senate — voted last week for a $124 billion war funding bill that would require troop withdrawals to begin by Oct. 1, legislation that Bush has vowed to veto.

That cohesion reflects the views of the GOP’s core voters, who see the war in Iraq in fundamentally different terms than Democrats and political independents do, said Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. Voters from those groups tend to see unremitting gloom, but Republican base voters continue to see a conflict that is going reasonably well, with a decent chance of military success…

But this article is almost unique in the reportage from our watchdog media. It is reminiscent of what President Nixon called “the silent majority.” Who are only silent insofar as our watchdog media steadfastly ignores them.

One proof of this is just hard it is to find a single photo of anyone supporting the war on the wire services. In fact, it is almost impossible. Even a Google image search only turns up photos of people who “support the troops” at best.

In the minds of our one party media the people who actually support the fight against Islamic terrorism are both silent and invisible.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 30th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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