Presidents Reagan And Obama Teach Trump How To Respond To Racism And Hate

Some Presidents knew how to respond to racism and hatred. The current President doesn’t.

Judge Orders John W. Hinckley Jr. Freed

Thirty five years after trying to kill President Reagan, John W. Hinckley Jr. is close to being a free man.

Nancy Reagan Dead At 94

Nancy Reagan was a crucial part what made Ronald Reagan the man he was, and today she passed away at the age of 94.

Jerry Parr, Secret Service Agent Who Saved President Reagan, Dies At 85

Jerry Parr, the Secret Service agent credited with saving Ronald Reagan’s life by pushing him into the Presidential limoseane as John Hinckley Jr. was firing at him, has died at the aged of 85: Jerry S. Parr, the Secret Service agent credited with saving President Ronald Reagan’s life during an assassination attempt in 1981, died […]

Republican Candidates Abandon Reagan’s Optimism In Favor Of Doom And Gloom

To listen to many of the Republican candidates for President, it would appear that the lights have been turned out on Ronald Reagan’s shining city on a hill.

On Foreign Policy, Conservatives Should Leave Ronald Reagan Behind

Relying on the policies of a man who was President in a very different time is not a substitute for a rational foreign policy.

Former Senator Howard Baker Dies At 88

One of Washington’s giants has passed away.

At Normandy, Obama Continues A Tradition That Reagan Started

For the fourth time in 30 years, an American President spoke at Normandy to honor a day of sacrifice and triumph.

Did Richard Nixon Drunk Dial Ronald Reagan?

The final batch of Nixon White House Tapes was released this week, and included among them was a phone call between Nixon and a man who would hold his office a mere eight years later: On the night of April 30, 1973, President Richard Nixondelivered an address to the nation in which he revealed the details of […]

Debunking A Myth: Reagan Was Leading Carter Long Before That Final October Debate

Ronald Reagan was leading Jimmy Carter long before the two men met in Cleveland on October 28th, 1980.

Mitt Romney 2012 v. Ronald Reagan 1980: A Brief Study In Contrasts

National Journal’s Sophie Quinton makes an interesting historical comparison: Foreign-policy crises don’t often punctuate presidential campaigns. And when they do, the response from the campaign trail usually isn’t to criticize the commander in chief. Mitt Romney’s sharp statements on the Obama administration’s response to a fatal attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya are a departure […]

Obama Campaign Dodges Reagan’s Question

The Obama campaign clearly does not want Americans to consider whether they are better off now than they were four years ago.

A Ronald Reagan Hologram At The Republican Convention? It Almost Happened

When we first heard the rumor of a GOP “mystery guest” on the final night of the convention, many people jokingly suggested it would be a Ronald Reagan hologram. As it turns out, that wasn’t a joke: Despite some conflicting reports, Yahoo News has learned that a hologram projection of former President Ronald Reagan is in […]

Jeb Bush: Reagan And My Father Have No Place In the Modern GOP

How would modern Republicans treat Ronald Reagan and his Vice-President?

Ronald Reagan and the Iran Hostage Crisis

Did Ronald Reagan’s impending inauguration help get our hostages released after 444 days?

Santorum’s Gospel Of Doom And Gloom

Rick Santorum’s stump speeches have becoming increasingly dark.

What Newt Gingrich Really Thought Of Ronald Reagan

He may be praising Ronald Reagan now, but Newt Gingrich was singing a different tune in the 1980s.

Christian Conservatives Have A Very Selective Memory Of Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan wasn’t really much a of a “Christian Conservative.”

Newt Gingrich, You’re No Ronald Reagan

Like many Republicans before him, Newt Gingrich is trying to claim the mantle of Reagan. He is the one least entitled to it.

Ronald Reagan On Immigration: “I Believe In The Idea Of Amnesty”

Following up on the clip from a 1980 Reagan/Bush debate that Alex Knapp posted last night, here’s more of Ronald Reagan on immigration from the second 1984 Presidential Debate with Walter Mondale: Two years later, Congress passed and Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which included a provision that granted amnesty to any […]

Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr (R., CA): Ronald Reagan Would Never Be Elected Today

For the reasons discussed here and here, I find it difficult to disagree with this: HUNTER: This is it folks. This is it. There is nothing after 2012. […] I don’t care if it’s a more moderate/former liberal like Ronald Reagan, who would never be elected today in my opinion. If it’s someone like him […]

In Today’s GOP, Reagan Is A RINO

The Ronald Reagan that Republicans lionize is very different from the one who actually served as 40th President of the United States.

Thirty Years Ago Today: Ronald Reagan Shot

Thirty years ago today, at precisely 2:27 pm, President Reagan was shot as he left the Washington Hilton after a speech. It was an era before the Internet and widespread cable news coverage, so most Americans got the news this way, notice that the original reports indicated that Reagan had not been hit, but that […]

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Mitt Romney, Republican Frontrunner, Cipher

Mitt Romney starts his 2012 run as the frontrunner for the Republican nomination. But, in reinventing himself yet again, the “authenticity” issue that troubled many of us in 2008 looms again.

Ronald Reagan America’s Greatest President?

In a new Gallup poll, Americans rank Ronald Reagan as America’s Greatest President.

Reflections On Ronald Reagan At 100

Ronald Reagan would have turned 100 today. Here are some thoughts on his legacy.

Remembering Reagan, Palin Paints A Dark Picture Of America’s Future

Sarah Palin spoke about Ronald Reagan last night, but seems to have forgotten the optimism that is part of The Gipper’s legacy.

Thirty Years Later: How Iran Beat Us, More Than Once

Thirty years after the hostages were freed from captivity in Iran, the United States still hasn’t figured out how to deal with the Islamic Republic.

Alzheimer’s Claims In New Book Lead To Reagan Family Feud

A new book by President Reagan’s youngest son raises allegations that the former President was showing signs of Alzheimer’s Disease while still in office, and that’s led to a family feud between the two Reagan brothers.

NATO-Russia Missile Defense Cooperation

NATO-Russia cooperation on missile defense is a welcome step forward.

Ronald Reagan: RINO

The “Ronald Reagan” that many of today’s conservatives wish today’s Republicans were more like didn’t actually exist.

Like Beer? Thank Jimmy Carter!

A Southern Baptist Democratic president hated by conservatives is largely responsible for the rise of the American craft brew industry.

Prop 8 Judge Appointed by Reagan

Cato’s David Boaz points to an interesting factoid about the federal judge who struck down California’s gay marriage ban: Chuck Donovan of the Heritage Foundation denounces Judge Vaughn Walker for “extreme judicial activism” and “judicial tyranny” in striking down California’s Proposition 8, which barred gay people from marrying. And of course he doesn’t fail to […]

Why Dan Reihl Should Stop Being A Jerk

Too many conservatives forget Ronald Reagan’s dictum that “somebody who agrees with you 80% of the time is an 80% friend not a 20% enemy.”

Historians: Obama Better Than Reagan!

A survey of historians ranks Obama as the 15th best president ever, ahead of Ronald Reagan and behind Bill Clinton.

Speaking of Reagan…

If people feel the need to evoke Reagan, it would be nice if they would evoke the real one, rather than an alt reality version.

Can Justice Kennedy be Manipulated?

Scott Lemieux notes something that I also noticed in the reporting on the Kagan nomination:  the idea that part of the reason that Obama nominated her was that she might be able to influence Justice Anthony Kennedy. Scott notes, for example, TNR’s Jeffrey Rosen:  “Obama has signaled that he wants a justice who can win […]

Presidential Humor

Saturday night’s annual White House Correspondents’ dinner has provoked the standard commentaries about the insipidness/banality/sinisterness of the event, what with the press sucking up to the president and the highlighting of the thin line between politics and celebrity.   And then there’s the required assessments of the president’s talents as a stand-up comedian. The most common […]

Ronald Reagan and James Dean 1954 Video

The Atlantic‘s John Meroney is circulating this rare video of Ronald Reagan and James Dean, who would both go on to become legends, before either was known*: Today, it’s an astonishing, even eerie, scene: the icon of modern American conservatism, whose rise to political prominence was galvanized by the cultural rebellion of the 1960s, fighting […]

Hillary Clinton Too Old For Supreme Court

Speculating on Supreme Court appointments is a great parlor game and throwing the “pick a politician” wildcard into the game is especially fun. Ezra Klein jumps in with both feet: I’ve always been partial to the idea of seeing Hillary Clinton appointed to the Supreme Court. She’s got a law degree, of course. She’s practiced […]

Reagan’s Tax Increases

Conservative renegade Bruce Bartlett agrees with Alan Simpson and me that today’s doctrinaire tax-cutters misunderstand or distort Ronald Reagan’s record. I think it’s reasonable to assume that Simpson, like almost all Republicans in the Senate in the 1980s, probably voted for the many tax increases supported and signed into law by Ronald Reagan, which eventually […]

Alan Simpson: Best Damn Record of No Taxes of any Son-of-a-Bitch

Alan Simpson’s wit, candor, and integrity made him one of my favorite senators of all time. And now he’s fighting back against the interest groups that are killing our party. Former Sen. Alan Simpson is none too pleased with conservatives who say he lacks sufficient antitax fervor.  “I got the best damn record on no […]

Is Karl Rove Conservative?

Reagan apostles Craig Shirley and Donald Devine take to the WaPo editorial page to argue that Karl Rove is not a conservative. From William F. Buckley Jr. to Barry Goldwater to Ronald Reagan, the creators of the modern conservative movement always taught that excessive concentration of power in government leads inevitably to corruption and the […]

Bruce Bartlett, the VAT, and the Right

In an interview with Pejman Yousefzadeh on why Supply Side Economics has outlived its usefulness and the United States desperately needs a Value Added Tax, former WSJ columnist Bruce Bartlett remarks, “I have yet to find anyone on the right who takes any of my arguments seriously.” The line happens to be Glenn Reynolds‘ takeaway […]

Mike Huckabee: CPAC Broken

Mike Huckabee used some harsh words in explaining why he didn’t attend CPAC this year. “CPAC has becoming increasingly more libertarian and less Republican over the last years, one of the reasons I didn’t go this year,” Huckabee said in an interview with Fox News, where he is a paid analyst and has his own […]

Fitting in at CPAC

Rick Moran isn’t at CPAC 2010, both because he can’t justify the expense of traveling and because his “invitation somehow got lost in the email.” He suspects it’s because Red State is sponsoring Bloggers’ Row this year and he’s written some rather unflattering things about them.  [Red State’s Erick Erickson assures me that Moran never […]

Teleprompter Jokes

So far, I’ve heard three speakers at CPAC, plus various introducers and emcees.  Let’s just say that teleprompter-related jokes are already getting old. I get the desire to make fun of Barack Obama.  Really, I do.  It’s what one does at a convention of an opposition political movement.  Especially one where the audience skews young. […]

CPAC 2010: Conservative Movement Reboot?

This year’s Conservative Political Action Conference kicks off at 9 this morning.  Some are predicting a very different atmosphere than seen in recent years. The Washington Examiner editorial page, honchoed by Mark Tapscott, sees “a new beginning.” Consider the situation that confronted many of these same attendees at last year’s CPAC: President Obama had just […]

Obama Most Polarizing President Ever

The 65 percentage-point gap between Democrats’ (88%) and Republicans’ (23%) average job approval ratings for Barack Obama is easily the largest for any president in his first year in office, greatly exceeding the prior high of 52 points for Bill Clinton. So begins Jeffrey Jones‘ introduction of a new Gallup poll.  Here’s the graphic illustration: […]

Obama’s Approval Under 50 Percent

Barack Obama’s approval ratings are now firmly below 50 percent, with the CBS poll as the latest data point: President Obama’s job approval rating has fallen to 46 percent, according to a new CBS News poll. That rating is Mr. Obama’s lowest yet in CBS News polling, and the poll marks the first time his […]

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