Iraq and Democratic Hope

As public sentiments on the War in Iraq become increasingly dismal and there is no clear end in sight to U.S. involvement, many Democrats see a possible foot hold for a campaign strategy in the 06′ elections. National Polls indicate that the American people are becoming less supportive of the War and many Republicans fear what that might mean for their party when the ballots are cast next year. Already the GOP has been feeling the tremors of uncertainty amidst their constituents as many in Ohio have neglected to follow past trends of voting for Conservative candidates. Paul L. Hackett, a Democrat Iraq War veteran, nearly defeated the Republican incumbent, Jean Schmidt, in a district of Ohio that should have easily gone to the Republican party. This may spell trouble for Republicans in the future, as Ohio is often a swing state in the presidential elections. The near success of Hackett in Ohio has got many Democrats wondering about strategies for up- coming elections. Representative Rahm Emanuel, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said that he was approaching four or five other Iraq War Veterans to run for office in open seats, or against weak Republican incumbents. As citizens of The United States question the failed deadline of the Iraqi Constitution, poorly trained Iraqi soldiers and the indecision of President Bush to set a deadline for Troop evacuation, the national approval ratings of the war have fallen. Furthermore, as the press continues to propagate many stories of lament, such as that of Cindy Sheehan, who lost her son in the war and has been picketing at the edge of President Bush’s Ranch in Texas, the approval rate will only drop further. As sentiment shifts we may see more voters switching parties to better suit their opinion of the war and the U.S. involvement in Iraq. Republicans are not only worried about the possibility of losing the House or the Senate in 06′, but they are also looking ahead to the problem of a presidential nomination made under the shadow of a disapproved war. Andrew Kohut, President of the Pew Research Center, said, “If this continues to drag down Bush’s approval ratings, Republican candidates will be running with Bush as baggage, not as an asset,” which indicates that solidarity may have to be sacrificed in the Republican party and an anti-war candidate may be the only option for Republicans to possibly win the upcoming elections.