Ronaldus Magnus

Timothy Egan, Revisionist

Featured image New York Times op-ed writer Timothy Egan today runs “Ronald Reagan, Heretic,” in which he attempts the same risible liberal revisionism that I dismantled in Commentary four years ago. See “The Liberal Misappropriation of a Conservative President,” October 2011, for the complete case. But let’s just review a few of Egan’s unoriginal revisions: As president, Reagan signed a bill that granted amnesty to nearly three million people who were in »

CRB: The Obama transformation…

Featured image The new (Summer) issue of the Claremont Review of Books is in the mail today. Subscribe here for the heavily subsidized price of $19.95 and get online access thrown in for free. Weighing in at 102 pages, the new issue is full of good stuff including essays by William Voegeli and Peter Wood as well as scintillating reviews by Benjamin Balint, Christopher Caldwell, James Ceaser, Christopher DeMuth, Charles Murray and »

Richard Schweiker, RIP

Featured image I neglected to note yesterday the passing of another significant figure, former Pennsylvania Senator and HHS Secretary Richard Schweiker. He became a person of special prominence in 1976 when Ronald Reagan announced he’d pick Schweiker—who had a reputation as a very liberal Republican—if he (Reagan) wrested the nomination away from Gerald Ford. Many conservatives were appalled, but when Schweiker became HHS Secretary in 1981, he turned out to be a »

How Can Government Help Black Americans?

Featured image Except when it comes to law enforcement, by doing less. The Obama administration has been a disaster for Africa-Americans, but most pretend not to notice out of a sense of ethnic loyalty. That is understandable, but if you are an African-American and are looking past the Obama administration, wondering what policies might produce better results, check out this graphic that was tweeted a couple of days ago by the Young »

A Study in Liberal Weakmindedness

Featured image One thing I love about liberals is how they can’t ever seem to make up their mind about whether Ronald Reagan was an ogre or a great man. This week he’s a great man, because lo and behold with regard to Iran Obama is doing exactly what the Gipper did with the Soviet Union! Take E.J. Dionne’s column yesterday, “Obama: Reaganite on Iran,” which begins thus: When President Ronald Reagan »

Reagan: A “Black Belt In Badassery”? [Updated by Steve]

Featured image I have no idea whether this is true or not. The source is Brad Meltzer, a comic book author, novelist and occasional nonfiction writer, writing in the New York Daily News. Meltzer says that he was talking with Secret Service agents, getting information for his latest book, a political thriller: We were talking about Reagan and that day he was shot. Then one of the agents offered this secret: When »

A conversation with Bill Bennett

Featured image In the latest of his Conversations, Bill Kristol draws out the eminent Bill Bennett on key moments in his distinguished career. Bill Bennett is a man who needs no introduction to Power Line readers. I will say only that this is great stuff. The interview is posted here, where it is broken into chapters. (It is also available in transcript or podcast form at the link.) My guess is you’ll »

Cuomo’s moment

Featured image Three-term former New York Governor Mario Cuomo died yesterday at the age of 82. The New York Times recalls him in the obituary by Adam Nagourney and the New York City sidebar by Sam Roberts. Cuomo was an eloquent preacher of the liberal gospel at a time when the gospel had been eclipsed by Ronald Reagan’s political and policy successes. At the Democratic Convention in July 1984, giving the keynote »

I’ll See Your Reagan, and Raise You a Clinton

Featured image A handful of House Democrats, led by the egregious Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer, have conducted a stunt of bringing a cardboard cutout of Ronald Reagan to the House floor to bolster their case for raising the federal gasoline tax, because falling gasoline prices are simply unbearable if you’re a liberal. “All it takes is a little leadership and courage, like Ronald Reagan and [House Speaker] Tip O’Neill did 32 years »

Did the Kennedy Administration Try to Drive Reagan Off the Air?

Featured image Ronald Reagan apparently detested Bobby Kennedy, another sign of Reagan’s good judgment since Kennedy was an awful human being. But this is something I hadn’t heard before: Michael Reagan says that Bobby leaned on General Electric to get Reagan off television: [A] few months after [subpoenaing Reagan before a grand jury], Kennedy tried to get him fired from General Electric Theater. Or, at least, that’s what Reagan believed. “Dad told »

CRB: Bridge to nowhere

Featured image Our friends at the Claremont Review of Books (subscribe here for $19.95 and get immediate online access thrown in for free) have given us a look at an advance copy of the Fall 2014 issue, scheduled for release later this week. I read my favorite magazines — National Review, the Weekly Standard, Commentary and the New Criterion — front to back, because (next to the books themselves) I most enjoy »

The Berlin Wall @25, Take 2

Featured image FWIW, here are some excerpts of my account of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the larger currents around it from the Epilogue of The Age of Reagan, picking up right in the middle. One part of this at the end—that revolutionary politics are over—is clearly incorrect, though the “crisis on the Left” bit remains more true than ever: The material and structural factors [of the end of the »

The Berlin Wall @25, Take 1

Featured image Today everyone is marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall—the signal event of the end of the Cold War. I find that students today, all born after the demise of the Soviet Union, have a hard time grasping the depth and vividness of the conflict. The Cold War might as well be the Boer War, and the Berlin Wall is as hazy as Hadrian’s Wall. It »

Still “Time for Choosing”

Featured image A very fun day today at the Reagan Library, reviewing the 50th anniversary of Reagan’s “Time for Choosing” speech.  The dean of Reagan-era journalists, Lou Cannon, and his son Carl Cannon, nowadays making his own mark in journalism at RealClearPolitics and elsewhere, joined me for a terrific panel discussion.  Amy Otto of tweeted out this photo: I’ll post up the complete text of my lecture, though I shortened down »

Media Alert: Gipperpalooza Tomorrow

Featured image I’ll be a guest on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show tomorrow at 8:05 am eastern time to discuss the 50th anniversary of the “Time for Choosing” speech.  Check the website for a broadcast station nearby or to listen online.  And there’s still time to make your reservation (free) to my lecture and panel discussion about The Speech at the Reagan Library tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time. »

“A Time for Choosing” @ 50

Featured image As noted here before by Paul and me, this year marks the 50th anniversary of Barry Goldwater’s famous “extremism in defense of liberty” speech at the GOP convention, which I also wrote about in the Claremont Review of Books. The other more important speech of 1964 was Ronald Reagan’s “A Time for Choosing,” whose precise 50th anniversary arrives next Monday. Power Line readers in the LA area may wish to »

The New Normal and Millenial Voters

Featured image The Obama administration is in many respects a more sinister version of the Carter administration. Now, as then, we hear talk of a “new normal.” Pundits and news people who recognize that the economy is lousy, but can’t believe that liberal policies are the cause, conclude that we will just have to get used to slow growth, lower incomes, massive underemployment and a fast-rising cost of living. This “new normal” »