Former aide to Ronald Reagan says today’s right-wingers are stupid and not very well-read

Bruce Bartlett (above), a former economic adviser to Ronald Reagan during his presidency, is at it again — denouncing the far-right wing of today’s Republican Party. In a television interview the other day, Bartlett responded thusly to a question about how Reagan might have been treated at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference: “I think he probably would be booed out of the crowd,” Barlett said, “if only because he gave amnesty to illegal aliens back in 1986. Nativists like Representative...

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A few recollections of Ronald Reagan on the day after his 104th birthday

Yesterday was Ronald Reagan’s birthday, which makes me a day late in marking the occasion with this collection of certain realities concerning his record: As I’ve pointed out on numerous occasions, Reagan would be considered a RINO (Republican In Name Only) by current GOP standards. Snarky pundit Slade Sohmer put it succinctly when he said Reagan’s tenure in the White House  “would have to be considered by current conservative standards the worst presidency in American history.” This president is a president every conservative...

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Hilariously, some conservatives think Jeb Bush wouldn’t fit the Reagan mold as president

It’s been almost 26 years now since Ronald Reagan left the White House, and in that time there has arisen a new generation of Republican right-wingers who know little or nothing about our 40th president’s actual record. As I’ve pointed out on numerous occasions, Reagan would be considered a RINO (Republican In Name Only) by current GOP standards, if his performance as president was more widely remembered. But even some Republican operatives who were around when Reagan was in the White House seem to have forgotten the reality of the situation....

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Was Ronald Reagan more of a narcissist than Barack Obama?

In the nearly eight years I’ve been writing this blog, nothing has been more fun for me than puncturing the popular conservative myths about Ronald Reagan’s political career. The Gipper, as his fans affectionately called him, defied the right-wing stereotypes applied to him on a whole host of issues — taxes, spending, gun control, abortion, the size of government, compromising with Democrats, negotiating with America’s enemies, arms control, relations with Israel, etc., etc. And now there’s cause to point out...

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The death of Jim Brady brings to mind Ronald Reagan’s support for gun control

Today’s conservatives generally seem not to remember that Saint Ronaldus Maximus was an advocate of gun control. The death of former White House Press Secretary Jim Brady is a perfect occasion  to remind Americans of what Reagan actually said about guns. A good example is a COLUMN Reagan once wrote for The New York Times: While there has been a Federal law on the books for more than 20 years that prohibits the sale of firearms to felons, fugitives, drug addicts and the mentally ill, it has no enforcement mechanism and basically works on...

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