Thursday, February 10, 2005


Atrios complains that the White House website is referring to several early Democratic-Republican presidents as "Republicans."

I'm afraid, Atrios, that those presidents all called themselves Republicans. Now, according to the Wayback machine, the earlier version of the webpages (compare the 2000 version of the Madison page here with the 2004 version here) during the Clinton era made it clearer what that meant, but those pages referred to them as Republicans as well.

It's what these men called themselves and historians have called them Republicans as well. The Democrats didn't start regularly calling themselves "Democrats" until Andrew Jackson started doing it in the middle 1820s.

Atrios, my man, I'm afraid you're all wet on this one.

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