Saturday, April 07, 2007

Where's Our Taft?

Jonah Goldberg with an interesting bit of history:

It's been said (mostly by columnist George Will) that you can tell who the real conservative is by asking, "Who would you have voted for in 1912?"
Note: somehow I think Will would say "for whom would you have voted," but maybe that's just me reliving the dinner table every night while growing up at Grandpa John's house.

These days, we should probably settle for people knowing who the candidates even were, never mind having a preference. Nonetheless, for the record, they were Woodrow Wilson, Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. You wouldn't know it from T.R.'s cult of personality in Republican circles today, but Taft was the conservative in the race.
Goldberg concludes:

One question remains for conservatives: Where the heck is our Taft?
Well, if Fred Thompson gains another hundred pounds or so...

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