“Carterization” has a specific meaning in American politics. In 1980, Ronald Reagan delivered an August speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Chicago, just as he was starting his campaign to unseat Jimmy Carter, trapped then in the Iranian hostage crisis.
“The response from the administration in Washington” to foreign threats, said Reagan, “has been one of weakness, inconsistency, vacillation and bluff.”
“Our allies are losing confidence in us, and our adversaries no longer respect us,” he said. Our partners “are confused by the lack of a coherent, principled policy from the Carter administration.”
Vladimir Putin wants Ukraine back. In fact, the ex-Lieutenant Colonel of the Soviet Union’s KGB is on record with his view of the fall of the U.S.S.R. “First and foremost it is worth acknowledging that the demise of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century,” he said in 2005. In a foretaste of things to come, Putin added “Tens of millions of our fellow citizens and countrymen found themselves beyond the fringes of Russian territory.”
The Massachusetts Republican Assembly, a branch of a national organization aimed at supporting conservative Republicans, endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Fisher on Saturday. The state branch of the National Federation of Republican Assembly voted on the endorsement at its convention in Worcester. It also endorsed State Senate candidate James Ehrhard and a number of other state senate and representative candidates. . .
Conservative activists see the language as part of a shift toward traditional values among State Committee members, which gained steam in 2012 when a number of new conservative members were elected. Massachusetts Republican Assembly President David Kopacz said 17 of its members won election to the committee that year, some replacing more moderate Republicans. Before, the group had just a handful of members on the committee. . .