Magazine article The American Prospect

The Outsiders

Magazine article The American Prospect

The Outsiders

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SO WHAT, EXACTLY, ARE the anti-war bloggers of the Democratic Party looking for in a presidential candidate? Some recent straw polls on leading anti-war blogs have produced some surprising results.

An ongoing MyDD poll, as of 1,339 respondents, found Wesley Clark leading the pack with the support 34 percent of readers. Anti-war Russ Feingold was nipping at his heels at 23 percent, and John Edwards ran third at 11 percent. But Hillary Clinton, proclaimed the Democratic front-runner by virtually the entire chattering class, and well ahead in most polls, garnered only 8-percent support from the blogistas.

Things weren't so different over at Daily Kos. In one August straw poll, Clark led again, drawing 35 percent support from the 8,710 respondents, followed by 16 percent for Feingold and 9 percent for Clinton.

There's just one problem: Clark doesn't support immediate withdrawal from Iraq, which is the defining political issue on both blogs. In an August Washington Post op-ed, he wrote, "[I]t would also be a mistake to pull out [of Iraqi now, or to start pulling out or to set a date certain for pulling out. …

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