Bill Richardson's increasingly aggressive anti-war position has cost him a key backer in the early primary state of South Carolina. But the New Mexico governor is not backing off his bring-the-troops-home stance.
Richardson's push for rapid redeployment of all U.S. troops from Iraq, has distinguished the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from Democratic front runners Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards.
That does not sit well with South Carolina State Representative Fletcher Smith, the former co-chair of Richardson's South Carolina campaign. "We do not need a Vietnam-style evacuation," declared Smith, as he shifted his support to Delaware Senator Joe Biden.
Biden has emerged as the Joe Lieberman of the 2008 race -- the Democrat least likely to end the war.
However, it is Richardson, not Biden, who has begun to attract significant support in polls of Democrats in early primary and caucus states.
Perhaps that is why, despite the loss of one supporter in South Carolina, Richardson is ramping up his anti-war rhetoric.
I'll tell you why...the American people want the troops home ASAP, and are sick of Democrats and Republicans alike telling them to wait patiently. Duh!