Speaking in Greensburg, Pennsylvania (45 minutes from Pittsburgh), Obama said he would return America to the “traditional” foreign policy of Reagan and Bush 41.
The truth is that my foreign policy is actually a return to the traditional bipartisan realistic policy of George Bush’s father, of John F. Kennedy, of, in some ways, Ronald Reagan.
(Emphasis mine.) Got that? The foreign policy of Reagan and Bush Sr. was “bipartisan.” Obama must be working from a different dictionary than I, because I distinctly recall the Democrats vehemently opposing Bush and especially Reagan. (I remember it very clearly because, sad to say, I was part of that Democratic consensus opposing Reagan. But give me a break; when Reagan left office, I was 17 and still in the clutches of the Seattle Public Schools.)
I remember the Democratic opposition to Reagan’s military buildup, to SDI, to the liberation of Grenada. I remember apoplectic reaction to Reagan’s evil empire speech, and the Boland Amendment cutting off the Nicaraguan Contras. I remember the 1991 Gulf War resolution that Senate Democrats voted against 10-45 (and two of the ten are no longer Democrats) and House Democrats voted against 86-179. Bipartisan indeed.
No matter how often the Democrats are wrong — against Lincoln, Eisenhower, Reagan, Bush 41 — they’ve always joined the consensus in retrospect, and they’re always right today.