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Friday, October 12, 2007

He Ain't Comin' Back Folks

Jonah Goldberg points out the obvious:

Ronald Reagan has left the building and he ain't comin' back. What is more, Reagan himself was not the Gipper of memory. He signed a liberal abortion bill, he raised taxes nearly as much as he cut them, he met with dictators, etc. His advice, quit chasing a mirage.

Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson and the rest of the pack all want to claim the Gipper-slipper fits them best. But the trick to being the Reagan of today is to be the Reagan of today. Reagan was the needed solution to the problems of a generation ago. The Reagan of today will do the same for today. He will likely agree with the Gipper on a lot of issues, but that agreement shouldn’t stem from play-acting.

Read the whole thing here.