Tim Pawlenty, Wilsonian 

Republican Presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty is staking out the most Wilsonian, interventionist, hawkish position on foreign policy. Here's a choice excerpt, quoted by Jon Ward at the Huffington Post:

"America already has one political party devoted to decline, retrenchment, and withdrawal," he added. "It does not need a second one."

Seriously? The Democratic Party, a majority of whose senators voted to preemptively invade Iraq, is "devoted to ... retrenchment"? The Democratic Party, whose president sent us unblinkingly to manage a civil war in Libya, is devoted to withdrawal?

It's a standard Republican talking point that the Democrats -- and particularly Obama -- want American greatness to diminish. But to drag anti-interventionist Republicans into this little smear is rare.

It may be the Dougherty Doctrine at work in my mind, but I don't think this sort of globo-cop talk will play well among the GOP electorate.

Ward, at HuffPo, quotes some unimpressed conservatives, but he also quotes one smitten neocon, Max Boot.

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