Reflecting on the Gipper's Reign
As the country celebrates Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday, the debate over his political legacy rages on. How students of his presidency on the left and right view him today:
Going forward, Reagan poses a problem for Republicans because of two reasons. They don't haveanybody who can carry hissocks, let alone look Reaganesque. The other is that the real Reagan was a practical person. Lou Cannon, author of President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime
Reagan was a pragmatic conservative who constantly broke ranks with the hard right. They disdained his diplomacy with Gorbachev. The hard right thought he was selling the store to the Soviets. The right has a Reagan that is not historically accurate. Douglas Brinkley, editor of The Reagan Diaries
If he was running today, he would be drummed out of the Republican Party. He went to Reykjavik and tried to get nuclear weapons reduced to zero. What would Jon Kyl say …
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