Ah, The Electorate

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Looks like John McCain's big pocket of strength among Michigan voters was from people who don't approve of the Iraq War. Because, of course, the man who's managed to always position himself to George W. Bush's right on the whole "should we squander the nation's blood and treasure in Iraq for no reason" issue is exactly the kind of guy you want to turn to if you're disgruntled with the course things are taking. Meanwhile, part of the bad news for the country here is that I think Mitt Romney's made it clear that he'll be the candidate the voters want him to be, and if that means becoming the country's leading cheerleader for the war, then cheer he shall. McCain, meanwhile, doesn't have it in his character to be anything other than a cheerleader for the war. So the Republican Party will continue to be in denial about the realities of the situation.

Speaking of which, today in reality we learn: "Highly promising figures that the administration cited to demonstrate economic progress in Iraq last fall, when Congress was considering whether to continue financing the war, cannot be substantiated by official Iraqi budget records, the Government Accountability Office reported Tuesday."

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