All the right wing talking heads who blather on and on about how much they love Ronald Reagan and how we need a new Reagan and how they are Reagan Republicans are completely full of shit! If Ronald Reagan tried to run on his record today, he'd never get elected. And I'm not talking about his 1960's racist record - I'm talking about the things he did while in office in the 1980's.
I can hear the right wingers shudder and gasp collectively in a Limbaugh-esque voice "What? You must be crazy!" But I'm not... consider:
Ronald Reagan helped to raise taxes in the early 1980's. Don't remember that or don't believe me? Check out TEFRA, described in 1988 by Sheldon Richman as "the largest tax increase in American history". Could a tax and spend Reagan get elected in 2008?
What about his position on illegals? Reagan was one of the first to call for amnesty! He signed the Immigration Control and Reform Act of 1986, which granted an unprecedented amnesty to aliens who had resided in the United States since before 1982. How could the soft-on-illegals Reagan get elected in 2008?
This country has gone so far right that positions which only a few years ago would have been regarded as bat-shit crazy are now viewed by many as not only sane, but the majority position of one of our two parties.
Well, maybe the right wing war lovers can still embrace Ronnie... after all, he did want to declare Russia illegal...