by Eric Dondero
Isolationism ala Robert Taft and Charles Lindbergh, suffered a serious setback last night in the Iowa Caucuses. Lindbergh, the famous aviator, was head of the America First Committee in the late 1930s. He was openly sympathetic to the Nazi regime, and wanted the U.S. to stay out of the War against Hitler. Ohio Senator Robert Taft, a longtime hero for left-libertarians, was also opposed to American involvement in WWII, going so far to rant against American military assistance to the British. After the War, he advocated a scaled down military, and opposed efforts to fight against Communism and enter into a Cold War with the Soviets.
Of course, Texas Congressman Ron Paul is an avid admirer of both Lindbergh and Taft.
The headline over at American Spectator by Jeffrey Lord says it all: "Ron Paul Foreign Policy Trounced":
Whatever else comes out of this Iowa Caucus night, one thing is clear: conservatives -- Reagan conservatives -- triumphed.But what makes the results of last night's Iowa caucuses and Paul's relatively poor showing even more ironic is that Iowa was seen as one of the last remaining bastions of isolationism in the GOP. If Paul was going to do well anywhere, it'd be in this relatively small, landlocked mid-western state. And as Lord states, his isolationist views were firmly rejected.
The combined vote of Santorum, Gingrich, Bachmann, Perry and even the moderate Mitt Romney swamped Ron Paul's controversial and decidedly non-conservative foreign policy.
As this is written, either Santorum or Romney are first, the other second. Between them that's about 50% of the vote to Ron Paul's 25% or so.
Which clearly means that no matter how Congressman Paul -- a good and decent man with a wildly left-wing foreign policy -- spins the results, his ideas have taken a thorough beating. His candidacy and his controversial foreign policy views have effectively been sent packing
Note - Paul's final vote tally was actually 21%, not 25% as Lord originally reported. Which means that fully 79% of all Iowa GOP Caucus voters voted for Reaganism, and against Ron Paul's non-interventionist isolationism.