Finally, Republicans Are Being Republicans Again Peggy Noonan likes the new 'sobriety' about waging war By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Jun 17, 2011 12:41 PM CDT 28 comments Comments Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, and Herman Cain at the debate. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) (Newser) – Republicans should be happy with this week's debate for two reasons, writes Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal. First, nobody showed up from "Crazytown." More importantly, the candidates demonstrated a "new sobriety" on foreign policy. "There were no burly promises of victories around the corner and lights at the ends of tunnels," she writes. "It was more muted than that, more realistic, different in tone and tenor from four and eight years ago." The candidates want us out of Afghanistan and Libya, and "all of this had the sound of the Republican Party inching its way back from 10 years of un-Republican behavior, from a kind of bullying dreaminess about the world." She is pleased to "see the Republicans start to return to themselves, to their essential nature as a party, which was invented to be genially sober, like Lincoln, optimistic but not unrealistic, like Reagan, and accepting that life has limits and it's not unpatriotic to say so." One of those limits: We're broke, and we can't afford to fight the 10-year Afghan war anymore.