The Daily Beast: The New Antiwar RepublicansSubmitted by telepathic on Fri, 07/01/2011 - 02:29
Say you’re among the growing number of Americans who want U.S. troops to come home from Afghanistan soon. There are at least three candidates in the 2012 presidential race who are on your wavelength, and President Obama isn’t one of them.
Leading liberals and grassroots activists have made no secret of their disappointment over Obama’s measured withdrawal timetable. What’s striking is the similarity between their views and those of three Republicans: Ron Paul, a libertarian with isolationist tendencies; former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, a fiscal conservative with libertarian tendencies; and Jon Huntsman, an internationalist who speaks of “asymmetry” and “generational opportunities.”
It’s a rare Democrat who would vote for Paul, Johnson, or Huntsman in order to send Obama a message on the Afghan War. Their positions on social and economic issues are light-years from the Democratic mainstream. Still, it would be a mistake to underestimate the impact of the antiwar message from the right. It will help Huntsman with moderates and independents in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary, and it will certainly help liberals ramp up pressure on Obama.