Here’s a quick test of antiwar strength for the 2008 presidential campaign: Which of the senators running for President in 2008 support Russ Feingold’s legislation to end the war in Iraq (S.1077) with a required start for pulling soldiers out of Iraq by October 1, 2007?
Well, you can count out Republicans John McCain and Sam Brownback, of course. They’re as pro-war as ever, with their heads stuck so far in the sand that they can smell camels walking around the rim of the Sahara.
Neither Hillary Clinton nor Barack Obama have given their support to the plan to end the Iraq War. Oh, they talk about ending the Iraq War if they are elected President, but neither of these two are using the considerable power they have as United States Senators to support the plan to end the war.
Oh, then there’s Joseph Biden. Senator Biden doesn’t support the legislation either. But then, Senator Biden has been too busy shooting himself in the foot with stupid comments about how “clean” Barack Obama is, or about taxi cab drivers, to count much as an actual presidential candidate.
Of all the senators running for President, only Chris Dodd has actually given his support to the plan in the Senate for ending the American occupation of Iraq.
I’m not endorsing Chris Dodd for President or anything, but his singular opposition to the war among the substantial number of presidential candidates from the Senate ought to count for something.