Rasmussen Reports finds that voter confidence in the War on Terror is at the highest level ever recorded by Rasmussen:
Fifty-four percent (54%) of American voters now think the United States and its allies are winning the war. The previous high-water mark for optimism--52%--was reached a handful of times in September and October 2004.Democrats may rue the day they again allowed the party to become the antiwar party.
Optimism about the situation in Iraq is also at an all-time high. Forty-eight percent (48%) now expect the situation in that troubled country to get better over the next six months. Only 17% expect things to get worse. In addition to being the most optimistic assessment ever recorded, these numbers reflect a remarkable turnaround over the past year. Last August, just 27% thought things were going to get better while 47% were pessimistic.
In 1972, the Democrats nominated the antiwar Senator George McGovern. His dovishness resulted in a humiliating defeat.
The Democratic majority in Congress, like the current Democrats in Congress, then turned against the war. Americans came to perceive the Democrats as weak on national security.
President Jimmy Carter was seen as naive in dealing with the Soviet Union, when it invaded Afghanistan, and in dealing with the 1980 Iranian hostage crisis.
Ronald Reagan popularized the notion of "peace through strength." Democrats argued that Reagan was a bellicose "cowboy." The collapse of the Soviet's evil empire shortly after Reagan left office, convinced many Americans that Reagan was correct and the Democrats were wrong.
Obama's legislative proposal to get out of Iraq by April 2008, just as our current progress was apparent, will just reinforced the perception that the Democrats are weak on national security.