GOP, It's Time to Ditch Blind Faith to Reagan
Jennifer Rubin says his 'myth' is threatening the party's future
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2013 2:35 PM CDT
This 1984 photo shows President Ronald Reagan at the beginning of a news conference in the East Room of the White House.   (AP Photo/Ira Schwarz, File)

(Newser) – Plenty of Republicans have "unfailing reverence" for Ronald Reagan, writes conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post. In fact, too many of them do, and it's threatening to destroy the party, she warns. They forget, apparently, that Reagan served in the 1980s—and he acted in ways that were "time-specific." Try telling that to the "old guard" of today's GOP, who are "convinced that Reagan’s solutions to the problems of his time were the essence of conservatism—not simply conservative ideas appropriate for that era." Times have changed, dramatically, but they can't accept it. As a result, the GOP isn't truly conservative anymore, merely "reactionary."

Rubin ticks off a few ways that modern Republicans can adapt: They can push for "low taxes, not taxes that never increase" and they can acknowledge that, sometimes, the "electorate expects government to solve problems, not merely stand aside." Some younger Republicans are trying to bring the party up to speed on other issues such as same-sex marriage and immigration, and the GOP better hope they succeed. "The Republican Party can remain a Ronald Reagan historical society, or it can try to endure as a force in national politics." Click for Rubin's full analysis.

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secondalto
Apr 28, 2013 6:04 PM CDT
It boggles my mind whenever I hear right-wingers singing the praises of Reagan. Anyone who remembers Reagan back then and thinks he was a fabulous president is absolutely delusional. All the sabre rattling and his calling the U.S.S.R. the "evil empire" nearly got us incinerated. To him, the presidency was an 8 year acting gig. He was playing a part and reading the lines written for him.
Trinity5670
Apr 28, 2013 10:03 AM CDT
Bravo! It's about time Republicans stood up and pointed out the 8,000 lbs dinosaur in the room.
Flatus_Antiquus
Apr 27, 2013 11:53 PM CDT
Blind Faith "to" Reagan? How about: Blind Faith "in" Reagan or: Blind Fealty "to" Reagan