A candidate for the confused

Can't keep Saddam and 9/11 straight? Giuliani may be your man.

By Tim Grieve
Published October 17, 2007 10:21PM (UTC)
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"For some voters," the New York Times' polling editor writes today, "terrorists, terrorism, the war in Iraq, 9/11, Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida are all part of the same multi-headed hydra."

We can't imagine how they got that idea.

But we digress.

The Times' Janet Elder says that the number of people who think Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11 is dropping. That's the good news. The bad news is that a third of all Americans still hold tight to the idea -- and that it pretty plainly influences how they think about all sorts of things. As Elder writes, a New York Times/CBS News poll taken last month shows that people who still believe in a Saddam-9/11 connection are more likely than reality-based-community inhabitants to think the war in Iraq is justified and to view Iran as an immediate threat to the United States.


Oh, and then there's this: Among the Saddam-did-it crowd, Rudy Giuliani is the presidential candidate who gets the highest favorable ratings.

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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