Can any modern GOP practices/policies/philosophy be traced back to Eisenhower?
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« on: November 22, 2022, 01:31:04 AM »

Did Eisenhower have an impact of the characteristics of the Republican Party that still last today? If so, what are they?
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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2022, 01:47:26 AM »

The Southern Strategy started with him not Goldwater or Nixon
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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2022, 11:36:15 PM »

I would say Eisenhower's biggest impact on the party was probably in foreign policy, specifically moving the GOP in a more interventionist direction. Eisenhower certainly wasn't the sole person responsible for the GOP's shift towards interventionism post-WW2, but his win over the more isolationist Taft in the 1952 Republican primaries, his subsequent defeat of the Bricker Amendment, and his general continuation of Truman's Cold War containment policies (including his strong support for NATO) all represented a sharp break with previous Republican administrations. Despite some of Trump's recent moves, I think there's still at least a wing of the Republican Party that generally continues the interventionist Republican tradition that Eisenhower helped create.
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2022, 10:17:26 PM »

I'm not sure it had a significant impact on the Republican Party in in a lineal sense, but the parallels to contemporary conservative concerns in this I recently came across is interesting

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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2022, 12:31:07 AM »

The Southern Strategy started with him not Goldwater or Nixon

IMO the earliest seeds of it go back to the 20s.
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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2022, 12:34:08 AM »

The Southern Strategy started with him not Goldwater or Nixon

IMO the earliest seeds of it go back to the 20s.

First GOP presidential campaign to actively try to appeal to Southern whites was 1896.
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« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2022, 12:43:04 AM »

The Southern Strategy started with him not Goldwater or Nixon

IMO the earliest seeds of it go back to the 20s.

First GOP presidential campaign to actively try to appeal to Southern whites was 1896.

The Southern Strategy is always already Tongue

I said the 20s since the strength of the Lily-white movement in that particular era and  Al Smith's poor performance seems like an obvious starting point for the shifts seen in the 30s.

Really, once Democrats were competitive with Black voters something like the Southern Strategy was probably inevitable.

Might be an interesting thread topic.
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« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2022, 12:15:18 PM »

The Southern Strategy started with him not Goldwater or Nixon

IMO the earliest seeds of it go back to the 20s.

First GOP presidential campaign to actively try to appeal to Southern whites was 1896.

We could really go all the way back to 1864; Republicans wrote off the South in 1856 and 1860, but in 1864 they actively went after Southern white unionists, as reflected in part by the selection of Andrew Johnson as Lincoln's running mate. The lily white movement that began in 1896 is a lot more relevant to the Southern strategy, but the same basic question of how to balance Southern whites and African American voters has been around since the Civil War.

Bringing this back to Eisenhower's impact on the modern Republican Party, while he wasn't an active opponent of the civil rights movement, nor was he a strong proponent of it, and his hand was often forced by courts and/or public opinion. So despite the fact that he appointed Earl Warren and did continue the integration of the military, Eisenhower was an important link in the shift of Southern whites into the Republican and the shift of African Americans into the Democratic Party.
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