Right-wing foes of deal with Iran are like critics of Reagan’s nuclear treaty with Russians

From generation to  generation, pseudo-patriotic right-wingers are usually pretty much the same. They almost always prefer brinksmanship, if not outright war, to the negotiation of treaties with America’s foes.  Talk is for sissies in striped pants, they say.  The tough-guy approach is for real men, they say. As I write these words, right-wing pundits and politicians are calculating their angry responses to the deal reached today regarding nuclear policies in Iran. They’ll accuse President Obama and his foreign-policy team of...

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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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