At Memeorandum this morning:
Reagan Advisers See A Bit Of Their Former Boss In Obama
Barack Obama found himself under fire on Thursday for having compared his candidacy to Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential run.
“I don’t want to present myself as some sort of singular figure,” he told the Reno Journal Gazette editorial board earlier this week. “I think part of what is different is the times. I do think that, for example, the 1980 election was different. I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not.”
Obama’s claim to the Reagan mantle is small potatoes compared to the Republican candidates’.
When we were liveblogging the latest Republican debate at Heading Right last week we had a drinking contest where a glass was raised every time anyone said “Ronald Reagan”. Giuliani scored a perfect ten in one answer, but he wasn’t alone. It got to the point that Jazz Shaw ended up cryin’ uncle
Fausta, we’re out of tequila here
If Rudy and company say “Regan” anymore I’m going to have to start drinking Draino just to do more shots.
The Reagan comparison has to stop.
Thanks to Ronald Reagan our country has enjoyed unimaginable success with its enemies – witness the fall of the Berlin Wall, an event unimaginable in the Carter years – and tremendous economic prosperity. But that was back in the 20th Century. In the 21st Century the challenges are different: they must be met in a creative way, not in a carbon copy of the prior century’s.
Earlier this month I stated, and it bears repeating, that
All of the candidates are looking backwards. The Democrats’ idea of “change” translates to policies that are outdated and useless. The Republicans keep claiming the mantle of being “the next Ronald Reagan”. We do not need either. What we need is a President who will take America’s current challenges and bring America into greater prosperity, liberty and leadership in the world.