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Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Captain Ed's Standard: Support for Iraq War, Gay Marriage - extremist fringe positions?
Ed Morrissey of Captain's Quarters, a very popular right-wing blog expressing very typical right-wing views, reacts today to Sen. Russ Feingold's announcement of support for gay marriage in a post entitled Feingold Claims The Fringe Left. His argument is that Feingold is trying to "embrace the far-left fever swamp" in an attempt to gain the Democratic presidential nomination, but thereby "threatens to drag his party into electoral suicide ". The reason, of course, is that gay marriage is so far out of the mainstream of American politics. In a recent Pew poll, support for gay marriage was measured at 39%, with 51% opposed.

If this is how we are to define the political fringes, it would be instructive to see how this standard applies to another issue, one of even greater import. A recent Gallup / CNN / USAToday poll of support for the Iraq war found 40% in favor, 56 % opposed.

Assuming that the Captain and his colleagues are interested in seeing the Republicans do well in upcoming elections, it will be interesting to note the advice they give their candidates about how to position themselves on the war issue.
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1 Comments on "Captain Ed's Standard: Support for Iraq War, Gay Marriage - extremist fringe positions?"
Hmmm...so is support of the war now considered part of the "far right fever swamp" that will drag the conservatives into electoral suicide?

Which issue is more "costly" to the average voter- A war costing billions of dollars and thousands of lives, or the freedom of individuals to share the benefits of legal recognition of a loving union? If these are to be key issues, I hope that folks take the time to think before they vote and refrain from knee-jerk voting based on belief, not empirical evidence.

Anonymous Anonymous @ Fri Apr 07, 01:13:00 PM EDT  
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