Remember back in August when the lefty blogosphere was all a twitter about a report that troops deployed abroad had donated six times more money to Obama than McCain? Despite the fact that the data was so statistically insignificant that it was impossible to draw conclusions from it, they crowed that this was surely proof that everyone--even members of the military--now realized how eight years of Republican rule had so damaged the country and were ready for the change that Obama promised.
Well, now we have a new perspective:
A poll by the Military Times newspaper group suggests that there is overwhelming support for John McCain among U.S. troops in every branch of the armed forces by a nearly 3-1 margin.
According to the poll, 68 percent of active-duty and retired servicemen and women support McCain, while 23 percent support Barack Obama. The numbers are nearly identical among officers and enlisted troops.
This wasn't a scientific poll so the figures shouldn't be taken as golden. However, they carry far more weight that the flimsy fundraising numbers from August.
U.S. troops also said in the poll that they prefer McCain to handle the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan -- 74 percent said McCain would perform better, while just 19 percent said Obama would.
Four years ago the Iraq War was the single most important issue on which the military voted. But the war now ranks third in importance to these voters. The most important issue among the respondents was character (42 percent), followed by the economy (25 percent) and the Iraq War (16 percent).
Character? Don't the men and women in the miltary know that character doesn't count anymore? Heck, we're not even supposed to talk about it lest we be accused of trying to distract from the really important issues or even worse of being a racist.
Meanwhile, another poll came out showing Obama leading McCain 16 to 1 among community organizers, so at least he's got that going for him.