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  •  Usurped? (19+ / 0-)

    Not really. "Reclaimed" is probably more appropriate, although I'll concede it's a somewhat dubious thing to reclaim, a mantle at best ambivalent.

    It may not be obvious to voters younger than 40 or 50 years old, but from the 30s to the late 60s, Democrats were the party of military strength and foreign affairs competence while the Republicans still dragged around their isolationist stance from the late 30s. You need to remember that in 1960, JFK beat Nixon by calling Nixon weak on defense, with the (in)famous "missile gap" theme.

    The late 60s and the New Left changed that, then we got Carter, the Iran hostage crisis (probably made worse by Republican operatives working with the mullahs), the election of Reagan and the notion that it took a Republican to be "tough", whatever that means.

    Remember also that the original neo-cons "foot soldiers" - people like Wolfowitz, Feith, Perle - were coming from Democratic politics and only jumped in the Republican bath in 1976, with the election of Carter (who himself wasn't a pacifist by any means).

    I deal in facts. My friends are few but fast.

    by Farugia on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 02:35:29 PM PST

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    •  Agree with all your comment, though the neocons (2+ / 0-)
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      Creosote, DvCM

      were originally mostly anticommunist hawks when they were Democrats, not as extreme and vile as the Neocons, but they generally were pro Vietnam war and pro defense spending boondoggle. Pre 1960, the Repubs tarred the Dems as the party soft on communism (and defense), up to after WW2.

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