Saturday, September 7, 2013

AIPAC And St. Elsewhere

A big question to think about when it comes to the political reality of potential strikes in Syria is the solidity of public opinion opposing them. As far as I can tell there are no major organized interests backing the opposition even if it is the majority of public opinion. But there are influential groups supporting intervention, for example AIPAC is planing a full court press supporting intervention starting Monday. It will be interesting to see what happens considering there is normally so little daylight between AIPAC and most Republicans, and Democrats for that matter. Historically organized groups beat big trends in public opinion when it comes to squeezing Congress, so it will be interesting to see if that holds true. At the very least, Obama will be in for a tough sell when it comes to convincing Congress, which strikes me as being a good thing.


Over at the Good Men Project I talked about Maine's kooky Republican governor, why Chris Christie can't afford to skip Iowa and how terrible the GOP still is at reach out to minority voters. You should read those pieces and like them on the facebooks and such.

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