Fascinating chart: Those in the military putting their money behind Ron Paul


Adam Weinstein explores Paul’s appeal among members of the military. Surprisingly, the congressman also leads the GOP field in support from defense contractor employees:

Why would workers for companies that profit from war back an anti-pork candidate (self-proclaimed, anyway) who opposes, as [retired Air Force Lt. Col. Karen] Kwiatkowski puts it, “fraud, waste, abuse, warmongering, idiotic leadership, political correctness, and a host of other things”? It’s a matter of ideology, military analyst Loren Thompson explained to Defense News. “There’s a strong libertarian streak among many in the sector,” he said. “Just because people work in the defense industry doesn’t mean that they always vote their economic interests.”

H/t to Andrew Sullivan.