Why did Antiwar Voters Support McCain in NH?

CNN crunched the exit poll data from yesterday’s New Hampshire primary and found that “among the 34 percent [of Republican primary voters] who said they disapproved of the war, McCain had a wide advantage over the GOP field — even over Texas Rep. Ron Paul, the sole advocate of a U.S. withdrawal in the Republican field.” (hat tip to Think Progress).

Perhaps such voters did not realize the temporal difference between exiting Iraq ”now” (in Ron Paul’s case) versus 10,000 years from now (in McCain’s case, according to his comment on CBS’s Face the Nation last week).

McCain has rarely missed a chance to grovel at Bush’s feet to support the Iraq war.

Why were so many voters who claimed to oppose the war so ignorant?


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20 Responses to Why did Antiwar Voters Support McCain in NH?

  1. Dirk W. Sabin January 9, 2008 at 5:23 pm #

    The voters aint ignernt, jest a wee bit counterintuitive.

    Or maybe, being New Hamptuckians, they simply vote for McCain because they think this is an act of defiance somehow.

    Or, they think voting McCain will precipitate a quicker decline of the State than even George W. Naploneon could pull off, thus allowing them to pronounce war on Vermont, something they have long wished for. Rats, conducting their little socialist paradise next door , all righteous as the land of Maple Sugar and Second Homes and
    sneaking down to buy cheaper lower taxed hooch in
    Hanover before going back to their precious little state with it’s Green Motto of If You Can’t Say Anything Nice, Don’t Say Anything At All. Middlebury alone is enough reason to attack.

    Something tells me the vaunted libertarianism of New Hamptucky up and left.

  2. Dagny Yewell January 9, 2008 at 5:24 pm #

    I think New Hampshire citizens were confused. McCain is a war monger just like Bush and is also for Amnesty for illegal aliens. You can hear it every time they speak. OR maybe the voting machines are corrupt. This country is in big trouble if they are not paying attention to what’s going on.

  3. Jerry January 9, 2008 at 5:58 pm #

    I have no idea. However, I did get a huge laugh at CNN’s expense. One of the talking heads there explained that McCain won the NH primary because he’s a real Washington Outsider. That guy who approves of war and “campaign finance reform”, he’s way out side the Washington norm…

    As opposed to, Washington Insider, Ron Paul who usually is the 1 in those 434 to 1 votes in the House.

  4. W Baker January 9, 2008 at 6:09 pm #

    Wow! I’m absolutely gobsmacked, Jim! You often hear the cliche, ‘voting against one’s own interests’, but this takes it to whole ‘nother level.

    Maybe they just didn’t know the difference between McCain and, say, Paul. Pretty easy mistake, I guess! — Of course, this is all the more reason these folks just shouldn’t be allowed to vote! (Sorry for my undemocratic attitude this afternoon.)

  5. Jimmy January 9, 2008 at 6:46 pm #



  6. Jim January 9, 2008 at 7:25 pm #

    Wes, I assumed that on any afternoon that folks in Alabama assumed that New Hampshire-ites should not have the vote.

    You let people in New Hampshire vote, and next thing you know, Canadians will be acting like they have a right to vote, too.

  7. Dominick A. DiTaranto January 9, 2008 at 8:55 pm #

    Ever feel like NEO? want to wake up!!? Stand up now and demand a recount. Even Obama’s exit polls had him well above Clinton. We are asleep, and being raped…it doesn’t feel good to me!
    God Bless us all…..Vote Ron Paul

  8. Tory January 9, 2008 at 9:30 pm #

    Local news media.

    Don’t forget, every small town got a new John Deere tractor compliments of Homeland Security.

    Big towns like Chicago got fifty new LCD screens to match their street cameras.

    Ron Paul (Dr. NO) was on Glenn Beck at least three occasions (reruns). THREE FULL HOURS.

    Lou Dobbs always talks about voting for Independents (who are they ?)

    Americans are a bunch of sheep (and wolves.)

  9. Tom Blanton January 9, 2008 at 10:00 pm #

    I have figured out why anti-war voters supported McCain. The Republicrats have obtained zombie ray technology from aliens and have installed zombie ray generators in our television sets, transforming 90% of the population into brain-dead zombies controlled by Sean Hannity. This is the only thing that makes any sense.

  10. Jim January 9, 2008 at 10:04 pm #

    Lucky for me I don’t get the Fox News Channel, else I might be blogging for NRO.

  11. Mary January 9, 2008 at 11:55 pm #

    It makes no sense. Anti-war voting for McCain. We need a recount.

  12. The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit January 10, 2008 at 10:30 am #

    It makes perfect sense. At the start of the war there were, what, maybe fifteen or twenty five percent of the population who were “antiwar.” That’s because they really are “antiwar.”

    All of this “new majority against the war” are not antiwar per se – they are just antiTHISwar, and only because they are losing. If they saw the US as “kicking wog butt” then they’d be as pro-war as any neocon ever born.

    Thus the appeal of the McCainiac who’d really take it up a few notches and Make Us Winners.™

  13. Jim January 10, 2008 at 10:46 am #

    Good point.

    Not sure that people would be as fervent as NeoCons, but the fact that the war is going badly may count for more than the principle of the issue.

  14. Dirk W. Sabin January 10, 2008 at 11:04 am #

    If I hear the phrase “You Go Girl” one more time

    The public, fledged on tv game shows , it’s seduced by cheerful applause and crowd solidarity and so whoever happens to hit the show at the right point gets supported with virtually no thought whatsoever.

    The citizenry votes with their befuddled brains soaked in a stew of sucrose……satisfied with simply being part of “something bigger than themselves”.

    The bus is without brakes and the War Machine is clearing the way forward

  15. W Baker January 10, 2008 at 1:32 pm #


    I can’t argue with your logic re: enfranchisement. I mean look who the Canadians managed to slip in last election: Stephen Harper! This fellow has never missed a chance to lick Bush’s boots!

  16. The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit January 10, 2008 at 3:04 pm #

    On a different note, Jim, all email is being returned. My feelings are hurt. 😀

  17. Jim January 10, 2008 at 3:40 pm #

    Hobbit – sorry to hear that your email is bouncing back.

    Is this only for the shotgun emails you send? I have gotten at least one or so you sent each of the last couple days.

    Is anybody else having trouble with email they send to me bouncing back?

  18. The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit January 10, 2008 at 6:57 pm #

    Hrm. I get those notes that I’ve forwarded before –

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  19. Ryan January 14, 2008 at 9:58 am #


    I thought that down here in Georgia we made good moonshine, but it seems I’m mistaken. Those folks up in New Hampshire have us beat 40 ways in one.

    The idea that McCain is some sort of peace candidate is beyond belief.

    I think I need a beer– one of several to try to understand this. This is so illogical.

  20. Ryan January 14, 2008 at 11:58 am #

    When it comes to stupidity and ignorance I can’t help but to think that this is related to another one of your post, Jim.


    Maybe I need to break out the heavy artillery and open up that mason jar.

    Depressing, to say the least.