Eisenhower and Reagan would be pariahs in today’s GOP

  The situation in which the Republican Party finds itself these days with the divisive Donald Trump as its presidential nominee has brought to mind how much the GOP has changed in recent decades. Five years ago, I offered the following analysis amid the rise of the Tea Party movement: If you measure them by the ideological standards that prevail in their party these days, Ronald Reagan and Dwight Eisenhower, the only two-term Republican presidents in the second half of the 20th century, were both squishy moderates if not actually...

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What would Ike do in the current situation? Probably nothing involving our military

No matter what President Obama does in response to Russia’s troublemaking in Ukraine, his pathological critics will find fault with it. But a question arises: What would the most recent Republican president with truly great military credentials do? THIS HISTORY LESSON from Sam Tanenhaus provides a hint at the answer: In 1952, Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected on a Republican platform that promised to replace the Communist containment strategy of President Harry S. Truman with a more aggressive “liberation” policy that would seize the...

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Rand Paul preposterously likens himself to Dwight Eisenhower

Sen. Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican, has never distinguished himself as a keen student of American history. Not long ago, for example, he tried to sell a group of black college kids a distorted account of the Democratic and Republican parties’ respective records on civil rights (see HERE). And then, just this week, Paul flatteringly compared himself with the 34th president of the United States. Glenn Kessler, the fact-checker for the Washington Post, has awarded Paul four Pinocchios for peddling such bunkum, as we see HERE: It is...

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Would Ronald Reagan be welcome at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference?

(NOTE: THIS IS THE LONGEST POST IN THE FIVE-YEAR HISTORY OF THIS BLOG.) The great irony of the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington later this week is two-fold: First, the most popular Republican politician in the nation, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, has not been invited, mainly because he’s perceived as too liberal (see HERE). Second, and even more to the point, it’s doubtful that Ronald Reagan would be invited either, if he suddenly came back to life. Reagan, as I’ve pointed out here on...

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Remember when Republican presidents were FOR things, not just AGAINST them?

A tribute of sorts to Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan — none of whom would likely be comfortable, or even accepted, in today’s Republican Party: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4dwx0PNZWY[/youtube]  

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