Dems Nostalgic for Reagan Era

For some relativists, comparison with Bush makes Ronny shine
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2007 11:57 AM CDT

(Newser) – As President Bush's popularity among congressional Democrats plummets amid a storm of threats and vetoes, some have grown nostalgic for a bygone era—the Reagan era. "I never thought I'd say this, but I long for the pragmatism of Ronald Reagan," said Rep. Rahm Emanuel. Aided by a healthy dose of relativism, the Gipper is making a comeback, Politico writes.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently lauded the "Reagan theory of diplomacy" over Bush's "rattling sabers." Al Gore cited Reagan's signing a ban on CFCs. Others recall his leadership skills. But not all Democrats have come around: "I think Bush may be the worst president I've seen … but it doesn't make me nostalgic for Reagan," Rep. Henry Waxman said.