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Tidbits for Political Junkies with Short Attention Spans & Hearty Appetites

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Wednesday, June 09, 2004

 

Reagan

It somehow figures that much of what conservatives "remember" about Reagan isn't quite true. Jonathan Chait has the rundown:

What's most interesting about Reagan-worship is not so much that it overlooks his flaws but that it specifically overlooks his departures from conservative orthodoxy. Above all else Reagan's admirers extol his ideological certitude. The Gipper, they agree, held simple but profound views about restraining government and fighting communism, and he never wavered from them in the face of carping liberals. This narrative may be broadly true. But, although he was no liberal nor even a moderate, Reagan did repeatedly abandon conservative dogma. That he is nonetheless remembered as an unyielding conservative says less about Reagan than it does about the contemporary Republicans who lay claim to his cause.


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