Gallup's most recent, and perhaps most provocative, polling data reveals something that seems intuitively true: conservatives are more patriotic than liberals. While no one who remembers polling data about the Iraq campaign, or indeed the typical liberal response to the Iraq campaign, should be surprised by the Gallup data it does provide an interesting statistical validation of recent powerful displays of the vast difference between the objectives each ideology pursues in public policy.
The Republican response to General Stan McChrystal's insubordinate remarks was almost universally supportive of the chain of command and the decision to remove and retire General McChrystal, regardless of the Republican agreement with the substance of McChyrstal's criticisms of the Administration. Republicans defended the need for civilian direction of the military and chain of command rather than exploit the chaos in the Obama Administration.
Juxtapose that Republican response to the Democrat's six year embrace of any military personnel that would publicly demean the Bush Iraq policy. Ask yourself how many times you saw leading Democrats cite President Bush's failure to reappoint or promote then Army Chief of Staff General Eric Shinseki as evidence of the Bush Administration's malevolent nature? The Democrats willingness and desire to embrace any military officer that would publicly disagree with Bush Administration Iraq policy extended even to Generals Casey and Sanchez, whose opinions were obviously discredited by their own failure as commanders in the field. Democrats gave no thought to chain of command when it came to a Republican President.