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Friday, October 29, 2004

France vs. U.S. military

I don't usually blog about polls — I think they're all basically witchcraft and they have a pernicious effect on politics, the quantum mechanics principle that "observation changes a system" writ large and ugly.  But I'm bemused to find that members of the French public supposedly support Sen. Kerry by almost the same margin by which American military personnel support Pres. Bush.  (Hat-tip John J. Miller on The Corner.)

I'm also amused by the banner ad running atop Gerald Baker's provocative London Times essay that's republished in the Weekly Standard, entitled "Bush's Enemies: They are the reason he deserves reelection."  The ad?  "Become fluent ... in French! German! Italian! Spanish! ... with Champs-Elysées Audiomagazines!"

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(1) Va Jim made the following comment | Oct 29, 2004 12:17:47 PM | Permalink

What's truly interesting about the original poll is that a large proportion of the service acknowlege and are aware of mistakes. This indicates (and I'm aware of your caution) that the mistakes either aren't serious or that the alternatives are worse.

Also of note is that the active, the deployed, and on the front-lines support the president more than those who aren't. Almost as many believe the candidate's character is as important as the Iraq war, and character ranks above all other issues except the war! ....though the economy ranks right behind character as a deciding issue.

(2) Tim (Random Observations) made the following comment | Oct 29, 2004 9:45:24 PM | Permalink

It's called Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle

... or it was, until you read this post. ;-)

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