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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Remember what Ronald Reagan did when the Russkies shot down a passenger plane?

The current generation of American political conservatives is not well-known for its firm grasp of history. Accordingly, it strikes me as a good idea to warn these right-wing partisans against making any snarky suggestions that Ronald Reagan would have done better than Barack Obama in dealing with yesterday’s missile attack on a civilian passenger plane in the skies over Ukraine. HERE‘s a history lesson worth taking to heart: On Sept. 1, 1983, the Soviet Union shot down a Korean Airlines passenger airliner traveling from New York...

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Yet again, Rand Paul is distorting Ronald Reagan’s presidential record

It’s widely taken for granted these days that Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky will be running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, although he hasn’t formally declared his candidacy. One of the sure signs of Paul’s intentions in this regard is the extent to which he’s been praising Ronald Reagan, the patron saint of the GOP. Never mind that the senator had some unflattering things to say about Reagan just a few years ago (see HERE). The partisans Paul is currently courting aren’t likely to notice that...

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