Wednesday, September 24, 2003
The military vote vs. the anti-military vote: It appears that Democrat presidential candidate Gen. Wesley Clark had better position himself as being the kind of military guy liberals who hate the military can vote for, because he isn't going to get the military vote. From the Los Altos Town Crier report on an appearance by former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Hugh Shelton:
"What do you think of General Wesley Clark and would you support him as a presidential candidate," was the question put to him by moderator Dick Henning, assuming that all military men stood in support of each other. General Shelton took a drink of water and Henning said, "I noticed you took a drink on that one!"
"That question makes me wish it were vodka," said Shelton. "I've known Wes for a long time. I will tell you the reason he came out of Europe early had to do with integrity and character issues, things that are very near and dear to my heart. I'm not going to say whether I'm a Republican or a Democrat. I'll just say Wes won't get my vote."
If Clark continues to lead the Democrat field once his novelty has worn off (say two weeks or so), expect a close look at his military record and the reason(s) he was forced into retirement.