Jewish World Review March 12, 2014 / 10 Adar II, 5774
Channeling Ronald Reagan in 2016
By Jonah Goldberg
It's on! Ostensible allies for the last couple years, Sens.
The first round began in earnest less than 24 hours after Paul -- to no one's surprise -- won the
"I'm a big fan of
Paul responded almost immediately with an op-ed for Breitbart.com that was, depending on your reading, either a gentle rebuke or a not-so-passive-aggressive attack on Cruz. "Some politicians," he wrote, "have used this time to beat their chest. What we don't need right now is politicians who have never seen war talking tough for the sake of their political careers."
Titled "Stop Warping Reagan's Foreign Policy," Paul's op-ed is a clever bit of rhetorical jujitsu in which he criticizes others for using Reagan's legacy while at the same time enlisting it for his own purposes. Paul offers a version of his father's effort -- during the 2008 and 2012 presidential primaries -- to cast the Gipper as a noninterventionist who was plagued by hawks to his right.
Any analysis that casts the passionate anti-communist invader of
"I don't claim to be the next
This last bit was a reference to Cruz's
While probably sincere, Paul's long-standing commitment to Reagan's 11th Commandment -- "Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican" -- also serves as a shrewd attempt to inoculate himself against real vulnerability.
His father was an often vicious critic of his fellow Republicans, including Reagan. In 1987,
I have no idea who will win this battle. Right now it's hard to see how Cruz can get past Paul. It's also hard to see how a mainstream media that unfairly turned Dole, McCain and Romney into extremists won't make easy sport of Paul.
Last, it's worth keeping in mind that no Republican since Reagan has won the nomination by first seeking to be the standard-bearer of the conservative base. That's one aspect of the Reagan legacy both are eager to inherit.
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