Wednesday, June 9, 2004

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Reagan remembered by the blogosphere.

1) Media overkill causing some to be understandably cranky -- Reagan only seems like a uniter in retrospect. (Slate coverage). In truth, his most substantive accomplishment is a political one -- look at both the Republican and Democratic parties of today -- both of them resemble Reagan's core values (strong defense, tax cuts, deregulation, belief in the American system) andcore failings (rhetoric about cutting government without actually doing it, etc.)

2) His roots (Drum and Postrel)

3) His generational impact (Postrel again, Tagorda)

posted by Dan on 06.09.04 at 01:32 AM


You forgot to mention the maudlin nostalgic hagiography that's nearly inescapable.

One of the things that annoyed me most about Reagan was his propensity to wax nostalgic for the bygone years of American innocence and goodness, a perfect Norman Rockwell image of America never actualy existed.

Now that he's passed on, we're being treated to a round of nostalgia for the days when we could be nostalgic about a mythological past that existed only in the imagery of Reagan's speechwriters.

"There ya go again..."

posted by: uh_clem on 06.09.04 at 08:12 AM [permalink]

Links, man! We demand links!

posted by: James Joyner on 06.09.04 at 08:37 AM [permalink]

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