January 8, 2006


Warriors vote Republican: Today's fighting men and women follow an ancient, elite code of honor and duty. And Democrats just don't get it (ROBERT D. KAPLAN, January 8, 2006, Dallas Morning News)

Virtually all close observers inside and outside the U.S. military estimate that anywhere from 70 percent to 80 percent of active-duty servicemen, reservists and National Guardsmen voted Republican in the last presidential election. I suspect that among the noncommissioned ranks of the combat arms community – the grunts – that figure may have been significantly higher. What makes me think so?

I spent part of the summer of 2004 in West Africa with a platoon of U.S. Marines. I would guess that, with few exceptions, they voted for President Bush. Some feared that the Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry, would end the war in Iraq before they had a chance “to get in on the fight.”

Election night found me in a restaurant-bar in central Alaska frequented by members of an Army infantry brigade about to be deployed to Iraq. As the results from Florida and Ohio came in – and for days afterward – the mood was of relief sometimes bordering on euphoria. They, too, would get to fight. What the Ivy League professoriate is to the Democratic Party, the fighting units of the U.S. military are to the Republicans.

It's America, so push is unlikely to ever come to shove, but it's nice to know that if it did, we get the military and they get the professoriate.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 8, 2006 8:11 PM

> we get the military and they get the professoriate.

That's known as "escalation dominance."

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at January 8, 2006 8:19 PM

Law enforcement types, too. We're comfortably surrounded by 'em in our Oregon neighborhood. I don't even bother to test-fire my little 9MM carbine any more. They've got the street covered with more potent stuff.

Posted by: ghostcat at January 8, 2006 8:59 PM

I wonder if any Democrats ever wonder about this. Remember the cold treatment Kerry and Edwards got at Wendy's right after the convention when Kerry tried to yuk it up with some Marines? And just a few days ago, Murtha and Jim Moran (D-VA) got hammered by a retired general and another soldier at a town meeting in VA. Granted, the crowd was pro-left, but there must be some Democrats who know that they are poisoning a solid constituency in America, and not just with the service personnel, but with their families also.

The attempts to quash military ballots sure don't help, either. Lieberman still has to answer for that.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 8, 2006 9:39 PM

"Tell me who your friends are, and I'll tell you who you are."

Let's see, the military and people of faith on one side; perverts, Comsymps and all the other folk-enemies and culture-traitors on the other.

Kansas? Ask rather, "What's the matter with Massachusetts?"

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 9, 2006 12:23 AM

All over TV land this weekend were an army of scouts in full glee proclaiming that polling of the military, i.e., those who are actually part of the war effort, is mirroring the general public's waning support for the war and that the president no longer enjoys overwhelming support among the soldiers in Iraq.

Truth or memorex?

Posted by: erp at January 9, 2006 9:36 AM

Who gets the lecturers at West Point?

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at January 9, 2006 4:47 PM

The military and the priesthood are key institutions in any society. Yet the Blue State Elite have shunned both and told their children to abjure careers in either. How they expect to hold on to power is not precisely clear.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 9, 2006 11:40 PM