The Nation: Is Neocon McCain's VP Choice a Pat Buchanan Conservative?

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Thanks to Richard Spencer at Takimag. Reports The Nation:

"Remember when Pat Buchanan ran a number of hard-right, fringe campaigns for president in the late 1980s, 1990s and 2000? Well, guess who was supporting him:

From an AP report in 1999:

'Pat Buchanan brought his conservative message of a smaller government and an America First foreign policy to Fairbanks and Wasilla on Friday as he continued a campaign swing through Alaska. Buchanan’s strong message championing states rights resonated with the roughly 85 people gathered for an Interior Republican luncheon in Fairbanks. … Among those sporting Buchanan buttons were Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin and state Sen. Jerry Ward, R-Anchorage.'

In fact, Buchanan himself told me he was thrilled by the choice, saying as soon as I mentioned it: “It’s great for the base. I’m pretty sure she’s a Buchananite!”

People seem to be missing the fact that this is a classic, Rovian appease-the-base choice."

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