Is it a reaction to their hatred towards President Obama and the current state of ‘Murican politics?
Since President Obama has been elected something strange (to me at least) has happened. A lot of people who in 2008 who weren’t only quoting Senor Sen. McCain when he said “When I look into Putin’s eyes, I see K.G.B.”, they were cheering the Senator on when he said “We are all Georgians now” and calling for War with Mother Russia, are saying nice things about President Putin.
Granted there are a few that still look at President Putin as some sort of evil, Glenn Beck comes to mind. And there are few since the beginning that have defended President Putin, “Uncle” Pat Buchanan comes to mind. (Well, he’s been defending Mother Russia since the Wall fell) But you get the point.
Now, I ask, why does it seem Republicans are taking a liking to the ex-KGB bureaucrat? Could it be that the perception is that he’s a traditionalist? A strong leader? Not afraid to show his masculinity? Those are qualities that I like to see when one is in a leadership role. I didn’t think those were things Tea Party Republicans liked. They preach “Liberty, Freedom and Free Markets”. When I think of Putin, I think Hierarchy and the Natural Order of things, which has nothing to do with American Classical Liberalism.
Or is all of this just a reaction to the perception that President Obama is a bit of a wimp? If Sen. McCain or Gov. Romney had won the elections, would these same people (besides Uncle Pat) be saying the same nice things they are saying about President Putin? What say you Republicans.