Obama may have made a mistake in taking the peace vote for granted. Opposition to the war is a super-majority position of American voters but Obama is not getting their support. Polls show that three independent and third party peace candidates could influence the outcome of the election. An August 27th Time/CNN poll shows Ralph Nader polling 8 percent in New Mexico, 7 percent in Colorado, 7 percent in Pennsylvania, and 6 percent in Nevada. Nader’s support has been increasing throughout the summer. Similarly, Bob Barr has been polling between 1.5 percent and 4 percent in swing states. Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney, who is rarely asked about by pollsters, is polling at 2 percent in Colorado and 3 percent in Nevada .
Instead of shitting on all the aforementioned third-party candidates (the Democratic Party modus operandi for the last few elections), principled Democrats (if that isn't a contradiction in terms) need to call Obama's campaign offices and tell him what we all know:
"Americans don't want anymore wars, especially those fought on the basis of lies. Support the anti-war position and it will support you, Barack. Ignore it and tack rightward at your, and our, peril."
If he is unable to capture that vote, then frankly he doesn't deserve to be president. And if our electorate is too stupid to avoid falling for another Republican dog-and-pony show, then the U.S. deserves all it has coming.