July 21, 2008

IT HELPS TO BE OLD ENOUGH...

Conservative Thinkers Think Again (PATRICIA COHEN, 7/20/08, NY Times)

For some on the right, the conservative decline is simply the result of veering away from the golden age of Ronald Reagan. Jonathan Rauch, a writer and a guest scholar at another Washington research organization, the Brookings Institution, said that many conservatives still believe that “Reagan got it right and the party has strayed too far.” He noted that the Heritage Foundation runs a feature on its Web site titled “What Would Reagan Do?”

...to remember that, while he actually governed the country, Reagan was reviled by the Right for record tax hikes, saving SS, immigration amnesty, negotiating with Gorbachev, massive deficits, the incompetence of the Iran-Contra scandal, trusting aids like Baker and Dartman, etc.
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Posted by Orrin Judd at July 21, 2008 10:50 AM

And by the Left for being a war-mongering idiot. I think they even had papier maché head parades in Europe.

Déjà vu all over again.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at July 21, 2008 11:25 AM

Didn't Stockman even pile on with a scathing criticism of how Reagan was dealing with the supply-side thing (don't remember the details)?

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at July 21, 2008 11:47 AM

Let's expand this further: Right now, a whole bunch of right-thinkers are piling on David Addington (Cheney's Chief of Staff) for finding every legal reason to justify the "Unitary Executive" and to justify doing all it took to defend this nation. 21 years ago, a few of those same type of right-thinkers were shunning one William Casey for taking that same aggressive stance when it comes to defending this society we live in, at all costs.

And of course, we won't get into James Jesus Angelton being "thrown under the bus" by the Church commission, with the then-Right's approval-giving silence.

Posted by: Brad S at July 21, 2008 11:58 AM

A bit more:

Am I the only one who finds it gut-busting hilarious that the Heritage Foundation is throwing Republicans and Bush under the bus while having in their employ former Atty Gen. Ed Meese? You know, the guy who was immortalized in an editorial cartoon as being head of the "Just US" Department? You'd think ol' Ed Meese would know a thing or two about being thrown under the bus....

Posted by: Brad S at July 21, 2008 12:04 PM

Brad, based on the regional fundraiser who visited me in 2004, the Heritage foundation leans secularist libertarian. I haven't given a dime since.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at July 21, 2008 12:33 PM

Stockman thought Reagan was serious about balancing the budget. Silly goose.

Posted by: oj at July 21, 2008 1:25 PM
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