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December 27, 2002
THE HART JUGGERNAUT ROLLS ON, with Democrat Bill Peschel saying that he'd (reluctantly) vote for Bush over many Democratic candidates because of the war on terror, but that he would support Hart, whose national security credentials are stronger than those of most Democratic candidates. And, as I have said before, after Clinton, the Donna Rice thing seems almost quaint by comparison.
I think that it's easy to underestimate how much of Bush's support comes from people like Bill. If Bush wimps out like his father (not likely, pace the repeated worries of Bill Quick) he's doomed. One reason why I don't hold with Quick's theory is that I think Bush knows this very well. Americans either want to wage war with an eye toward winning, or they want to cut their losses and get out of the game. As long as Bush looks serious about winning, he's in a very strong position. If he stops looking serious, he's toast.