The Corner

Ignorance is Bliss

Dem voters don’t know what their candidates stand for (note: I wouldn’t be surprised if the same were true on the GOP side). From Chris Orr at the Plank:

Last night, Matt Yglesias looked at some polling numbers Chris Bowers had posted and concluded that

59 percent of Democrats believe that John Edwards is proposing to withdraw all US forces from Iraq within nine months. 71 percent believe that Barack Obama is proposing to do this. And 76 (!) percent believe Hillary Clinton is proposing to do so. Needless to say, none of them are, in fact, proposing anything of the sort — though I wish they would.

His point–that the electorate has no clue at this point what any of the candidates’ policy positions are–is true enough. But what struck me was not merely that the poll respondents were wrong overall, but that they were wronger still in their comparative assessments of the Democratic contenders–that is, that they thought Hillary was the least hawkish and Edwards the most, with Obama somewhere in the middle. This is, of course, the exact opposite of the candidate’s respective positioning on Iraq.

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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