Originally Posted by kezboard
I realized how difficult closing it was going to be legally, financially, logistically, etc., but I really did not expect the sort of political opposition that Obama got from the Democrats. It doesn't make a lot of sense to me -- this poll
suggests that most Democrats believe Gitmo should be closed. Wouldn't it make more political sense for them just to push forward with shutting it down, keeping in mind that Obama managed to win the election with this position, and let the Republicans yell about it as much as they want? Have they just suddenly remembered that they're Democrats and they have to get around to shooting themselves in the foot at some point?
Most Democrats believe that, sure. But Dem pols can (and do!) take Dem voters for granted. Independents split towards leaving it open (48% to 32%
) and it's their votes which are lusted after.