Like most Republicans, John McCain knows very little about Ronald Reagan’s record

John McCain had one of his patented hissy-fits on the floor of the Senate yesterday — this time implying that his Republican colleagues are dishonoring the memory of Ronald Reagan with their insufficient response to Russian meddling in Ukraine. “You can call yourself Republicans,” said McCain. “That’s fine, because that’s your voter registration. Don’t call yourself Reagan Republicans. Ronald Reagan would never – would never let this kind of aggression go unresponded to by the American people.” McCain’s rant is typical...

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Rand Paul has a better grasp of Ronald Reagan’s foreign-policy record than most Republicans

My fascination with the presidency of Ronald Reagan, which I’ve indulged here on numerous occasions over the past six years, has focused mainly on the false impression of his record among today’s Republicans. Simply stated, the real Reagan record is at odds with the notions of the politicians who invoke his name as if they’re the true heirs of his legend. (See HERE, for example.) Naturally, then, I was surprised to see that Rand Paul has penned an opinion piece on a right-wing website that comes closer to an accurate...

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Republicans who say Obama disses Israel ignore Reagan’s far worse record

  Michele Bachmann said the other day that she can’t understand why so many American Jews have supported Barack Obama in light of  his record of working “against Israel’s best interest.” Bachmann’s principal bugaboo is that Obama favors a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli dispute, which she thinks would be disastrous for Israel. “What has been shocking has been seeing and observing Jewish organizations who it appears have made it their priority to support the political priority and the...

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Jon Stewart mocks Fox News for its theories on how Reagan would have dealt with Ukraine

The talking  heads at Fox News have yet to learn that the Reagan administration’s handling of foreign policy wasn’t always exemplary. Jon  Stewart made this very point in hilarious fashion on last night’s edition of “The Daily Show.” THIS PIECE offers a partial transcript and two video clips of Stewart’s brilliant response to right-wing rhetoric on the issue of how our sainted 40th president would have handled the recent situation in...

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Has Tom Coburn ever heard of Thomas Jefferson?

In announcing his pending retirement from the U.S. Senate yesterday, Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma Republican, said this: “Our Founders saw public service and politics as a calling rather than a career.” What nonsense! More than a few of our Founding Fathers saw politics as both a calling and a career. Take Thomas Jefferson, for example. For 40 years, beginning when he was 26 years of age, Jefferson held one public office after another — state legislator, member of Congress, governor of Virginia, secretary of state, minister to France,...

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