Election 2008

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Reagan Haunts Candidates, Democrats and Republicans

January 24, 2008 07:50 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Barack Obama praised Ronald Reagan recently, shaking up both the liberal and conservative media. The Gipper’s legacy and its importance consumes the primaries.

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In a recent interview with the Reno Gazette Journal, Barack Obama said Ronald Reagan had “tapped into what people were already feeling, which was, 'We want clarity, we want optimism.’” The other Democratic candidates, as well as much of the liberal and conservative media, expressed disbelief.

Paul Krugman, in his New York Times article Debunking the Reagan Myth asked, “Why would a self-proclaimed progressive say anything that lends credibility to this rewriting of history?”

In contrast, The Wall Street Journal felt that by invoking Reagan, Obama invited a comparison that was unflattering to the Democratic candidate. “Unlike Mr. Obama, Reagan campaigned on forthright policy reforms—substance—and not merely a change in style,” wrote the Journal.

Victor Hansen, on Real Clear Politics senses that both parties have Reagan wrong. The left forgets that he at times parted from the conservative consensus to pursue more liberal policies. The right have canonized the former president, and consequently are “placing unrealistic requirements of perfection on his would-be successors.”

Headline: ‘The Gipper’ across the political Divide

Historical Information: Reagan as President and Beyond

Background Information: Candidates Across the Political Spectrum Invoke the Reagan Era

Opinion and Analysis: Analysis of the Reagan Legacy

Both parties have him wrong
Republicans have him wrong
Democrats have him wrong
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