NBC’s Andrea Mitchell actually says that “Republicans are trying to “appropriate” Reagan to push conservatism.”
Reality to Moonbat, Ronald Reagan was a Conservative. His bipartisanship is mentioned, but note that when Reagan worked with congressional democrats, he got the better part of the deal. He was willing to give 20% in order to get 80% of what he wanted. Which is 20% more than our Dear Leader was, and is, willing to give congressional Republicans when he calls for “bipartisanship.”
Leftists are bad at history, because history is not on their side.
If Reagan Was Such a Moderate… on things like firing the striking PATCO union members, on taking an aggressive policy against the Soviet Union (Reagan’s view of detente: We win, they lose), on slashing tax rates, on greatly expanding the military and upgrading our nuclear deterrent, etc., etc., etc,. then what were liberals like Andrew Mitchell doing shrieking bloody murder and claiming Ronny Raygun was going to destroy the world in a nuclear war?
Boy… When the DNC puts out its talking points, Andrea Mitchell really takes them to the limit, doesn’t she?
This idea of Reagan as Great Compromiser was born recently as a DNC strategy to claim that today’s conservatives aren’t like the only good conservatives (dead ones, of course) and so draft Reagan into the odd role of Obama supporter.
It’s one thing for a political party to attempt this gambit. What the hell is a supposed journalist doing regurgitating such bullshit?
“Republicans are not, I think, trying to appropriate Ronald Reagan,” she said. “Ronald Reagan was a Republican. Conservatives aren’t trying to appropriate him. He was a conservative. Willie, he became a public figure in America two years before he was governor in 1964, and he laid out a speech as stern, if not sterner, in its conservatism in which he explained his views on taxes: ‘Cut them.’ His views on the size of government: ‘Too big, too bullying.’ His views on the Soviet Union: ‘Hold it back, it is expansionist.’ This was all very clear. As a president, as a governor, he was pragmatic in his operation.”