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The anti-war left may wind up helping President Bush.

12:00 AM, Apr 25, 2007 • By GARY BAUER
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Even more revealing are the opinion polls showing little public support for the extremes of the anti-war Left, which demands nothing short of immediate withdrawal of all troops from Iraq, cutting off of all funds for the troops, and the impeachment of President Bush.

While much was made of the March Gallup poll which showed that for the first time a majority of Americans (59 percent) says the Iraq war was a mistake, the data also found that 61 percent of Americans opposed denying the funding needed to send additional U.S. troops to Iraq. Another recent Gallup poll found a plurality of Americans (47 percent) still believes the U.S. will definitely or will probably succeed in Iraq, while only 16 percent says it wants the troops brought home immediately.

Clearly, while the country may be suffering a loss of confidence in how the war is being managed, that concern is not translating into an alignment with the activist anti-war crowd, for whom victory is never an option.

In the weeks and months ahead, as the anti-war Left continues to step up public protests of the war (CODEPINK has planned dozens more protests and "occupations"), they may find that the only sparks they create are in the hearts of Americans who long to see dynamic defenders of the home of the brave and the land of the free.

Gary Bauer is president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families.