The Wall Street Journal is reporting that 17 Iraq combat veterans are running for Congress as Republicans, pledging to support the war if elected and tying their campaigns to John McCain’s. In 2006, the “Fighting Dems” were a group of antiwar Iraq veterans running for Congress as Democrats. Some Fighting Dems won; some, like Tammy Duckworth did not.
Oddly, two of these Republican veterans are mounting primary challenges against GOP incumbents whose positions don’t differ from theirs on the Iraq war. But Bill Sali of Idaho and Doug Lambor of Colorado have irritated local Republicans, at least potentially making them vulnerable.