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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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    doombroker | November 6, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    “Technocrat” is the new term for a GOP progressive, I suppose. Left or right, they both have the same goals: “progress” by hook or crook. Funny you should mention Bush, because between the both of them, they have done a huge amount of damage to this country in regards to executive precedents they put forward as well as UN treaties that they have signed undermining our sovereignty. Not to mention the Patriot Act. Criminal. Stack that with the Clinton era, and this country has been under assault by progressives on both sides of the aisle for decades. No wonder people keep dreaming about Reagan. He was the last American President.

    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.

    There is a sense of entitlement, and a notion that the only real qualification for a US president (and, apparently, a Supreme Court justice) is a degree from an Ivy League school. Our country is much bigger than that, and our talent is much more widely distributed. Further, the Ivies no longer specialize in producing people with a good-quality education.

    What is really happening is a deliberate attempt to cover our high offices with people who have the “right” contacts for crony capitalism. This is true of both parties.

    The solution might be to support schools of government and policy in other university systems across the country. It would still be subject to corruption, but the existence of different interest groups would tend to limit the damage.

    MaggotAtBroadAndWall | November 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Cain reminded me of Reagan more than once last night. Reagan’s most endearing qualities were his undying optimism and his perpetually upbeat attitude.

    It’s impressive that Cain was able to laugh, smile, crack a couple of jokes and be upbeat given how much undue pressure he must be under given the Politico smear job on his character for an entire week.

    mdw9661 | November 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I wonder if Bill Kristol even realizes that he is part of the Republican establishment? His fawning over prospective president candidates more RINO and Tea Party would indicate that the conservative movement has left Bill.

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