September 16, 2013 by History in a Hurry
Antiwar Conservatism Isn’t Going Away
The GOP’s ’90s noninterventionism didn’t last—but this time is different.
By W. JAMES ANTLE III • September 10, 2013
House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor support President Obama’s proposed military strikes against Syria. Despite their lofty titles, they may actually find themselves in the minority—in the chamber, perhaps, and almost certainly in the Republican caucus.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has yet to take a similar stand. His Tea Party primary challenger, Matt Bevin, has been pounding him for not taking an identifiable position at all. Bevin’s campaign e-mailed around a collection of their candidate’s antiwar comments and contrasted them with McConnell’s silence.
“We have no business being there,” Bevin is quoted as saying again and again. “These kinds of police actions we’ve been doing for decades are wrong, they’re unconstitutional,” he told a TV station. Bevin’s team illustrates McConnell’s Syria position with an empty page.