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The Vietnam Addicts

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The voting continues at Ruffini’s place.

The Boston Globe’s always wrong Derrick Z. Jackson wants Chuck Hagel to be the new William Fullbright. (Would that include supporting segregation, Derrick, and Fullbright’s votes against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965?)

Kevin Drum wants someone to be the new Eugene McCarthy.

But there’s a reason why Hagel has less than 150 votes of more than 12,600 cast at Ruffini’s place.

It is the same reason why Drum’s phone isn’t ringing with requests for him to consult on the Hillary campaign.

Dissatisfaction with the war isn’t the same thing as a desire for retreat and defeat. It is sorrow over the loss, and weariness over the prospect of decades of such conflict.

But there is no mass mobilization of the sort that marked the Vietnam era, no campuses shut down, no weekly rallies and raised fists.

In fact, there seems to be the opposite, judging from election results which are the best test of a country’s genuine will. The retreat and defeat caucus got hammered less than a year ago, and were silenced by the Iraqi elections in January, but they are not easily dissuaded of their own virtue or persuaded by facts and tallies.

No matter how many elections they lose, or how many elections the Iraqis and the Afghans hold, or how many al Qaeda are captured or killed, the left will always be against the war and for retreat.

The good news is that the American electorate isn’t stupid, and that new media exists where it didn’t in 1969.

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