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    Smothering Reagan

    Smothering Reagan

    William Kristol writes:

    For every American conservative, not once but whenever he wants it, it’s always the evening of November 4, 1980, the instant when we knew Ronald Reagan, the man who gave the speech in the lost cause of 1964, leader of the movement since 1966, derided by liberal elites and despised by the Republican establishment, the moment when we knew—he’d won, we’d won, the impossible dream was possible, the desperate gamble of modern conservatism might pay off, conservatism had a chance, America had a chance. And then, a decade later—the Cold War won, the economy revived, America led out of the abyss, we’d come so far with so much at stake—conservatism vindicated, America restored, a desperate and unbelievable victory for the cast made so many years ago against such odds.

    But that was then, and this is now. Now is 2012, and it seems clear that 2012 isn’t going to be another 1980….

    I’m sorry to say that Kristol is right, although his focus is off.

    Rather than focusing on those who dream of Reagan, Kristol should have focused on the technocrats of the Republican Party and “conservative media” whose stock in trade in smothering the next Reagan as too risky, too simplistic, and not sufficiently schooled.

    For the Republican technocrats, it always is November 4, 1980, but they dream of George H.W. Bush on the top of the ticket, not that voodoo-economics clown.

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    1. For the Republican technocrats, it always is November 4, 1980, but they dream of George H.W. Bush on the top of the ticket, not that voodoo-economics clown.

    Romney is the modern equivalent. I’d expect him to govern more competently in degree, though not in kind, than the Bushes did.

    2. doombroker | November 6, 2011 at 12:14 pm: The Bushes paved a golden road that allows Obama to do everything he is doing now. Thank them for his behavior.

    Only the Kennedy family comes to mind as having done more damage than the Bushes have. The horrible thought just crossed my mind of a Kennedy vs Bush election.

    Romney is a stand-in: he is the closest thing to a Bush that is currently electable. No doubt the family wants to run Jeb as soon as, i.e. if, the stench of George’s administration dissipates.


     
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    valleyforge | November 6, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Kristol’s quote got me thinking who – running or not – would be today’s Reagan. If being a leader in the conservative movement for more than a decade and holding a high-visibility office for some of that time is basic resume, I think only Gingrich comes close. Arguably Barbour, though he hardly had high visiblity while Mississippi governor. Perry has not been a recognized movement leader, nor Daniels or Pawlenty. Paul Ryan and Christie are new to the national stage (Ryan was a mere foot soldier until a few years ago). Guiliani, Pataki are not movement conservatives. Huckabee was also invisible until late 2007 and is not quite as conservative when it comes to economics.

    Gingrich, while a bit taken with Third Wave-type fads and sometimes unpredictable in his policy direction, is the closest thing to an enduring and visible conservative leader we have in this election.


     
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    TeaPartyPatriot4ever | November 6, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    President Reagan was an American Conservative Hero, to all Americans, and is why he is so revered and admired and emulated.. Ronald Reagan never betrayed and abandoned his constitutional values and principles, and his constituents and supporters.. not even once, let alone twice.. President Reagan stood in there, in the face of adversity, and never waivered once.. even though he had many personal crisis’s in his life.. He always put his country first, and himself second.. It is loyalty to Constitutional Conservative Principle and Country, NOT to the person or party..

    But Politicians- ie; Republican RINO’s, only want to emulate him to get the votes, to get them in power.. They could care less about Constitutional Conservative Principles, as to them, everything is cronyism, false representation, of politics as usual, corrupt to the core..

    This is what made Ronald Reagan is so different, and is what and why, the next Ronald Reagan is out there somewhere.. Someone who not only exhibits it, and proves it in their actions, day in and day out, but never makes excuses, and never abandons their constituency and supporters, let alone America itself.

    Of course, there are some who espouse the Ronald Reagan mantle, but find out they are hypocrites, when exposed in the heat of political battle. like Sarah Palin.. who has says one thing, but does exactly the opposite.. as that is what is called Hypocrisy, and of the worst kind.. betrayal and abandonment, by her, while her husband tries to stifle and shut down any decent and criticism, whatsoever, on the web, all across the internet spectrum, ie; web thuggery and intimidation. That’s what the Obama’s and his army of leftist thugs do.. thus Palin and her army of fanatical zealot loyalists, has joined the Liberal establishment.


       
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      doombroker in reply to TeaPartyPatriot4ever. | November 6, 2011 at 11:56 pm

      “…like Sarah Palin.. who has says one thing, but does exactly the opposite.. as that is what is called Hypocrisy, and of the worst kind.. betrayal and abandonment, by her, while her husband tries to stifle and shut down any decent and criticism, whatsoever, on the web, all across the internet spectrum, ie; web thuggery and intimidation. That’s what the Obama’s and his army of leftist thugs do.. thus Palin and her army of fanatical zealot loyalists, has joined the Liberal establishment.”

      I hope you can back that up with reputable links and screenshots, rather than asking us to take you at your word. I don’t believe a word of it.


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