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Gipper Groping

Even Barack Obama gets in on Reaganpalooza (or Ronaroo, as I'm also calling it) in USA Today today, but Jacob Heilbruun takes the cake in the Los Angeles Times with a column arguing that Reagan was not a Reaganite!  Think I exaggerate?  Here's the money quote: "Reagan, in other words, couldn't be counted among contemporary Reaganites."

Liberals who couldn't defeat Reagan in his time or his growing popularity since then are reduced to trying to pull off a Brinks job and make Reagan into a crypto-liberal.  I'm calling this gambit "Gipper Groping," since it is an obvious molestation of the truth.  Fortunately, I'm on the case, with the cover story in the latest National Review debunking this nonsense.
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Heilbrunn is pretending he does not understand the difference between aspirations and what you get from the sausage machine known as the United States Congress - most particularly when one component of said sausage machine was under the organizational control of the political opposition throughout your tenure of office and your own party is variegated enough that many of your aspirations would remain just that even if you were working all the cranks and levers. The none-too-interesting question is...why the pretense?

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