July 1, 2008
Not for Soldiers
Reading about the Wes Clark/McCain flap got me thinking. In recent Presidential politics the guy with the lesser military record always won. Noted draft dodger Bill Clinton beat two WW2 combat veterans in Bush I and Bob Dole. Al Gore went to Vietnam, Bush II did not. Carter served on submarines. Reagan served in the movies. I think baby boomer voters just aren't impressed with military service. This isn't like back in the day, where military service was absolutely vital for most seeking the Presidency.