Why is that Republicans so often live life while looking through the rear view mirror? Is that a proper hypothesis? What is the evidence that this is so? Here is a list.
1. Republicans liked Ike
2. Republicans loved Ronald Reagan
3. Republicans love the idea of Republican families (Bushes)
4. Republicans don’t like FDR
5. Republicans don’t like Jimmy Carter
6. Republicans hate Barack Obama
See the annotated list.
A happy Republican is one for which prosperity is good, wealth is protected, and laws and regulations are lax on them. Feeling good is enhanced by remembering good times. Feeling bad is Republicans don’t believe they have sufficient control of the situation. Right now, they don’t feel they have sufficient control, and so looking back might make them feel better.
For Republicans, liking “Ike” is akin to Democrats loving FDR. It’s hard to say that you “love” Eisenhower because maybe the old general wasn’t all that loveable. However, he was in charge, and that’s what mattered. He let that little twerp son-in-law of his into the political mainstream, and that didn’t work out so well. Nixon wasn’t loverable, but he was a control freak.
Are Republicans more like Ike or Nixon? Ask a Democrat, and they will probably answer, Nixon. Ask a Republican and they will say, they like to golf.
Republicans love Ronald Reagan and believe that most everyone else does or did too. Reagan was loveable because he liked horses, and he was in the movies and on television too. He surrounded himself by competent people and maintained control. He was a president with diminishing returns as he was losing it toward the end.
Republicans wanted a family that they could love forever. Enter heroic George Herbert Walker Bush. Bush senior was a little harsh, but he softened up over time. He blew it on the economy and departed Iraq before finishing them off. It would take some time to gin up his son, “George W” to assume the reins. George W responded well to the terrorist attack, initially. But, then the Military Industrial Complex took charge. His administration was conflicted by self-interest, but that was good business for government contractors. It was bad for banking and Wall Street. In the end, the Department of Defense and Homeland Security broke the bank while George held the bag. George was personable, but his performance was unforgivable.
Now, however, the Bushes might be advancing Jeb, so the entire family will emerge more lovable than ever.
Republicans never got over FDR and want to dismantle the social safety net that he put in place. That quest is enough to make Democrats hate Republicans.
Republicans don’t like Jimmy Carter. However, Barack Obama makes Jimmy Carter appear as a saint.
Republicans don’t like Barack Hussein Obama for reasons that are obvious to them and everyone else including bigotry and Obama’s socialistic tendencies.
Republicans love Mitt Romney, again.
“Mitt Romney's 2014 renaissance
By Cameron Joseph
Mitt Romney is looking to keep his sterling endorsement streak alive as the 2014 campaign transitions from primary to general election season.
The former GOP presidential nominee has a perfect record after getting involved in a number of competitive Republican races this year. Now, with Senate control on the line and his party eager to add to their House majority, he’s turning his attention to helping many of those same candidates in tough fall battles.
Free from the pressures of daily life in the spotlight, Romney has undergone a latter-day renaissance, rebuilding his public image after a brutal 2012 campaign.
Two years later, he’s being welcomed on the trail with open arms as one of his party’s most sought-after surrogates. Republican candidates and strategists salivate over his fundraising prowess and seem less and less worried about potential baggage from appearing with him.
“As an elder statesman in the party, he's able to endorse good, conservative candidates that can win. For too long the party has been without someone who can help the most conservative candidates who can win a primary and still win the general,” said Ryan Williams, a former Romney aide who is now working former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, now running in New Hampshire.”