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October 27, 2013



"Cruz said every Republican presidential candidate who ran as a strong conservative won — Nixon in 1968 and 1972, Reagan in 1980 and 1984, George H.W. Bush in 1988, George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. And those that ran as an establishment moderate lost — Ford in 1976, George H.W. Bush in 1992, Dole in 1996, McCain in 2008 and Romney in 2012, Cruz said."

Hmm. I'd say there's been only once since WWII when Republicans ran a truly "strong conservative": Barry Goldwater in 1964. Of course, Cruz's little history lesson starts after that.

And, of course, he says "ran as," not "were." Depending on what the meaning of "as" is, maybe he's right with some of that. Nixon didn't run on creating the EPA or abolishing the draft, eg, if I recall correctly.

But the thing is, back in the day,most of those folks could hide their squishiness under platitudes and posturing. Is that still possible? Or are the principled purists going to demand specifics--specifics that will drive everyone else away?

Peter G

Fire is always withering for the same reasons buses always plunge when they leave the road in an accident. The lack of journalistic imagination and pure laziness. That and the phrase "dick shriveled by cold shower of criticism" is insufficiently gender neutral. Now as to policy, Cruz is absolutely correct. Restoring growth would be a good plan but, unfortunately, this would require stimulus spending, and so the good senator must regrettably oppose his own policy. Which leaves hm no recourse but to push policies that can't possibly work. I know! Let's repeal Obamacare. And ban abortion. And block immigration reform. And tax reform. Yea that's the ticket.

And so the goldfish circles his bowl always encountering new vistas.


Tricky Dick didn't run as a strong conservative. He mouthed "law and order" platitudes, but that was pretty much it. His foreign policy wasn't that much different from the Dem party bigwigs. he brought Milton Friedman in as an economic advisor, then declared himself a Keynesian. Then he became one of the most permissive presidents in history with respect to cracking down on drugs.

A slippery character, that Nixon. But aside from getting on the map with some fierce red-baiting early in his career, he was never a standard-issue conservative.

As usual, today's batshit conservatives rewrite history to make themselves the victors in every previous skirmish. Whatever.


"Restore historic economic growth" = "Be in office when the business cycle is on the upswing." But first they have to get elected. There might be a problem with that plan...

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