Lindsey Graham is the fourth candidate to drop out of the Republican presidential primary, joining Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry and Scott Walker.
“Today, I am suspending my campaign for president,” Graham said in a video posted Monday. Wait a minute: suspend?
When Walker dropped out, he said “I am suspending my campaign immediately.”
Perry said, “I am suspending my campaign for the presidency of the United States.”
“I’ve come here to announce that I am suspending my campaign for president of the United States,” Jindal said.
“Suspend” implies something temporary. Does that mean Graham, Jindal, Perry or Walker might jump back in?
Read the rest on the Washington Examiner here.
There is a growing isolationism in the modern GOP. The party is no less hawkish on foreign policy, but there is an increasing suspicious and hostility towards the outside world. This isolationism reached a climax last week, when Governor Scott Walker voiced support for a border fence separating the US and Canada.
Isolationist has long been a piercing insult in American politics. A favorite of Republican hawks, the label has been used to dismiss the foreign policy views of everyone from Obama and Clinton, to Rubio and Rand Paul.
President Obama has only increased military engagements, and there is no sign of any American withdrawal. So clearly the term has been misused. But there is more to isolationism than foreign policy restraint. Hostility towards trade, immigration, and diplomacy are all aspects of an isolationist approach. And their prevalence is increasing in the modern GOP.
Opposition to relations with Cuba, and a general hostility towards free trade, and a sheer stubbornness to contemplate any Iranian nuclear deal are just a few examples of this isolationism in the Republican Party. These positions exist despite the Cuban trade embargo costing the US an estimated $1.2 billion in annually, and America’s economy strength relying heavily on its status as the world’s largest trading nation—with $2.3 trillion goods and services exported in 2013. As for the Iranian nuclear deal, it will not turn Iran into a liberal democracy (it was never intended to), it still the best way to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon.
But no policy exemplifies this isolationist streak better than the desire to literally build a wall to cut off the outside world.
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has come under fire from Democrats for not finishing his bachelor’s degree while attending Marquette University in the 1980s. Democrats might think the attacks are a surefire way to make Walker look uneducated as he ramps up for a potential 2016 presidential bid, but the attacks may alienate more people than they win over.
Sixty-eight percent of Americans ages 25 or older do not have a bachelor’s degree. That’s 142 million potential voters who might be offended by attacks on Walker’s educational status. Attacking Walker for not having a degree is basically telling 68 percent of Americans they’re unqualified to be president.
Furthermore, Walker still has more education than nearly two-thirds of the country. He amassed college credits equivalent to three-quarters of a bachelor’s degree during his time at Marquette. Only 37 percent of Americans over age 25 have at least three years of college education.
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