Where Was Pat?


Andrew Sullivan quotes from Daniel Larison: “My 2000 Buchanan vote seems smarter and smarter every day.”

This reminds me that Buchanan’s 2000 campaign struck me as wildly undermotivated at the time. By today, it looks very well motivated in retrospect — there seems to be a clear political space for someone who espouses a Buchanan-esque combination of foreign policy restraint, globalization skepticism, nativism, and culture war populism. Crucially, this political space also seemed to be open in 2004. If Buchanan had run then rather than in 2000, it seems to me that he could have easily picked up 3-4 percent and tipped the election to Kerry.