Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Who does the Military Support?
We all know that McCain is a war hero. It's the platform he is running on. This might lead one to believe that military personnel would overwhelmingly support McCain. But there's just one problem. They're not. Since we won't know how they will vote until election day, we can look at who they are donating to to figure out who they support. According to this article, about 57% of the money donated by military personnel to a presidential candidate has gone to Obama. Not an overwhelming figure, but still contradicts most of what we are told about the military being Republican supporters. But here's the bigger shocker. If we drill down a bit into the demographics and see where the donations were made, we find that those who gave the money while abroad (likely to perhaps be in Iraq or Afghanistan, or performing combat support in another country) preferred Obama over McCain by about a 6 to 1 margin. But just to add insult injury, it should be noted that McCain's own branch of service, the Navy, also prefers Obama over him. If the men and women who are currently wearing the uniform of our country can't support the guy, why should we believe him when he says he supports the troops?