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Michael Reagan: The GOP Should Dump Its 'Litmus Test'
Front Page Magazine ^ | Feb 16, 2007 | Mike Reagan, the eldest son of President Ronald Reagan, heard on more than 200 talk radio stations

Posted on 02/16/2007 8:30:44 AM PST by meg88

The GOP Should Dump Its Litmus Test By Michael Reagan FrontPageMagazine.com | February 16, 2007

The philosopher Diogenes is said to have wandered around ancient Greece holding a lantern and seeking to find an honest man.

My fellow Republicans, sans lanterns, are now wandering around the political landscape seeking to find the perfect Republican presidential candidate.

I don’t know if Diogenes ever found that honest man, but I do know that those Republicans are never going to find the perfect candidate, simply because he does not exist.

Some Republicans insist that the only perfect candidate would be a clone of my Dad, Ronald Reagan. Aside from the fact that there is no such thing, it’s important to recognize that Ronald Reagan, as he often admitted, was anything but perfect.

One of the criticisms about former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney focuses on his record concerning the abortion issue. We are told by the modern day Diogenes clones that he can’t be trusted to fight abortion because he once, more or less, supported a woman’s right to butcher her baby.

It may come as a surprise to these purists, but Ronald Reagan once supported abortion too. Yet nobody ever questioned his strong pro-life credentials after his conversion to Republicanism. They accepted his sincerity. Why can’t they accept Mitt Romney’s?

Romney’s record shows he should be totally acceptable to all conservatives, yet because of one dubious question concerning the validity of his conversion to the pro-life side, he is deemed unsuitable to carry the conservative banner.

The same is true of Rudy Giuliani. On every major issue, he is a solidly conservative and extraordinarily adept executive, but because he backs abortion and some form of gun control, America’s mayor -- the hero of 9/11 and the man who did the impossible by cleaning up New York -- is all but ruled out as a 2008 candidate.

Not one of the major candidates is free of some real or imagined flaw that offends some conservatives.

This is madness, and if it does not stop, the GOP is going to lose the presidential election in 2008. In the search for the perfect candidate we are going to end up with an imperfect candidate. Keep in mind the truism that agreement with someone on most issues and disagreement on others is seen as normal, but should you agree with someone on every single issue imaginable … well… to put it plainly, psychologists say you’re nuts.

I recently got a letter from a conservative Christian organization that asked me if the current GOP candidates are the best the Republican Party has to offer.

“Is it possible that GOP conservative ranks are this thin?” the letter writer asked. “Has the GOP nothing better to offer? Should not pro-family pro-life voters also want a low taxes and limited government candidate before they vigorously support him? Increased taxes and expanded government hurts everyone. Was Ronald Wilson Reagan an anomaly and did he represent the values of his party?

“These GOP candidates,” the letter instructed me, “are little better than Bob Dole, Gerald Ford, or [George] H.W. Bush. Did anyone notice they all lost?”

This makes me wonder if anybody can stand up to the litmus test these people are applying to candidates.

Ronald Reagan had one litmus test he applied to candidates. Were they Republicans? If they were he backed them all the way. He would let the party choose the candidate and he would support and vote for the candidate. He didn’t go sniffing around trying to find some flaw in their character or their past. Once nominated, they were his choice.

And nobody was more candid in admitting that he was anything but perfect than my Dad. He knew that like all men, he had his flaws and he spent a lifetime combating them. Had today’s GOP litmus test been seriously applied to him, he could not have passed the test.

The Democrats don’t have litmus tests. If the nominee is a Democrat, they support their candidate all the way, and if they lose it isn’t because they didn’t fight like demons for their man or woman.

If we want to win in 2008, Republicans had better wake up, and quit talking Ronald Reagan and start being like Ronald Reagan.


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1 posted on 02/16/2007 8:30:46 AM PST by meg88
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To: meg88

Excellent column.

TY for posting it.


2 posted on 02/16/2007 8:33:28 AM PST by MplsSteve
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To: meg88
seeking to find the perfect Republican presidential candidate

That's BS. We are just trying to find some that don't suck. :)
3 posted on 02/16/2007 8:33:58 AM PST by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: meg88

LOL....gee, what many have been saying for awhile on FR. I can't wait for Michael now to be labeled a RINO, traitor and POS....


4 posted on 02/16/2007 8:34:53 AM PST by NorCalRepub
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To: Peach; Corin Stormhands; Howlin; Mo1; PhiKapMom; Txsleuth

BOOKMARKED

Michael Reagan is correct.


5 posted on 02/16/2007 8:35:32 AM PST by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: meg88

Dutch should come back from the dead and slap the hell out of his idiot son.


6 posted on 02/16/2007 8:35:42 AM PST by Armedanddangerous (The Coldest Blood Runs through my veins..you know my name..)
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To: meg88

One word---Newt.


7 posted on 02/16/2007 8:35:47 AM PST by Wonder Warthog (The Hog of Steel-NRA)
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To: meg88
There's no perfect human being. There's no perfect conservative either. Ronald Reagan did his share of things that when you look back on them, offend conservatives. If no one is allowed to change, we will never get a good candidate. Any candidate the GOP nominates WILL come with baggage. The Drive Bys/MSM will see to it that they do. This insistence on litmus tests is both foolish and destructive. We're never going to get a Reagan conservative because Reagan bless him, was one of a kind of human being and no one else will ever quite be like him.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

8 posted on 02/16/2007 8:36:11 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: meg88

Ronald Reagan had one litmus test he applied to candidates. Were they Republicans? If they were he backed them all the way. He would let the party choose the candidate and he would support and vote for the candidate. He didn’t go sniffing around trying to find some flaw in their character or their past.

That's right. It's the voters decision to make. This is just another attempt to force a decision not made by the voters down our throats.


9 posted on 02/16/2007 8:36:21 AM PST by freedomfiter2 (Duncan Hunter: pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-border control, pro-family)
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To: meg88
I agree with the article. It's absolutely ABSURD that so many conservatives and Freepers are 'one issue' voters.

It's outrageous that many will not support Rudy because of just one single particular issue---

WHEN THERE ARE JUST SO DARN MANY OTHER ISSUES TO JUSTIFY OPPOSING HIM!

10 posted on 02/16/2007 8:36:26 AM PST by stockstrader ("Where government advances--and it advances relentlessly--freedom is imperiled"-Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: NorCalRepub

The bottom line is defeating Hitlery Clinton.


11 posted on 02/16/2007 8:36:29 AM PST by unkus
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To: Wonder Warthog

I'm with ya there, if Newt doesn't get in...I guess it has to be Rudy


12 posted on 02/16/2007 8:36:49 AM PST by meg88
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To: NorCalRepub

Don't forget those who will claim he is not a true Reagan follower.


13 posted on 02/16/2007 8:36:53 AM PST by babaloo
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To: onyx
Some Republicans insist that the only perfect candidate would be a clone of my Dad, Ronald Reagan. Aside from the fact that there is no such thing, it’s important to recognize that Ronald Reagan, as he often admitted, was anything but perfect.

He's right

14 posted on 02/16/2007 8:37:35 AM PST by Mo1 ( http://www.gohunter08.com)
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To: meg88

About Giuliani: "but because he backs abortion and some form of gun control"

Some form of gun control? How about complete gun control, except for his fellow elitist cronies, coupled with an unprecedented assault on the 2nd Amendment via legal decimation of lawful businesses.


15 posted on 02/16/2007 8:37:51 AM PST by ExpatGator (Extending logic since 1961.)
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To: meg88

So many republicans are so convinced that if their values aren't represented, they are going to stay home or vote 3rd party. If people are going to be "1 issue" voters, for crying out loud, let that issue be "THE WAR AGAINST TERRORISM IN AMERICA". I believe that my values are not changeable - I believe in Pro-Life, the 2nd amendment, against embryonic stem cell research (but for adult cells like ambilical cord research), etc. I also believe that we have put the gov't in charge of these values and they need to be local and people oriented. We talk about reduced government control and yet complain about a candidate that won't do this or that about a gov't controlled agenda to wipe out something we're against. Let's stick to the basics and get together on someone who will lead us against terrorism, crime and taxes on the US citizens.


16 posted on 02/16/2007 8:39:01 AM PST by princess leah
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To: meg88

Another Rudy shill? Good thing his show is heard by about 9 people.


17 posted on 02/16/2007 8:39:05 AM PST by pissant
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To: Armedanddangerous

.....I guess you were unaware of the fact RR himself chastised the far right of the Repubs for being so narrow minded and uncompromising.....I


18 posted on 02/16/2007 8:39:25 AM PST by NorCalRepub
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To: meg88
The Dim-O'Crats support their man.

Joe Lieberman?
19 posted on 02/16/2007 8:39:27 AM PST by askrenr (Slightly to the right of Attila the Hun.)
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To: meg88

Here's a brilliant idea. Let's let the media decide who we should vote for. Obviously the media's vast integrity stands for something.

Clearly they only want an honest government regardless of party. They only want a good clean race and are promoting the best candidates.

(yeah, it's what you think it is)


20 posted on 02/16/2007 8:39:45 AM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: meg88
This is madness

Yes, it is. As Reagan the elder liked to say, don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Very good piece.

21 posted on 02/16/2007 8:40:07 AM PST by KellyAdmirer
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To: meg88
Duncan Hunter -- proven by his actions to be a true conservative.
22 posted on 02/16/2007 8:40:10 AM PST by Trunk 71-74 (A god that needs man to carry out his dirty work is impotent!)
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To: Mo1
Ronald Reagan had one litmus test he applied to candidates. Were they Republicans? If they were he backed them all the way. He would let the party choose the candidate and he would support and vote for the candidate. He didn’t go sniffing around trying to find some flaw in their character or their past. Once nominated, they were his choice.

He's right again. I will faithfully support and vote for our GOP nominee.

23 posted on 02/16/2007 8:40:10 AM PST by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: meg88

I guess Michael forgot his dad ran against a sitting Republican president.


24 posted on 02/16/2007 8:40:19 AM PST by garv (Conservatism in '08 www.draftnewt.org)
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To: stockstrader

I agree with the article. It's absolutely ABSURD that so many conservatives and Freepers are 'one issue' voters.

Exactly, this WOT thing is overblown. By the time it's over, the USA will be another France if we don't engage all the enemies of the republic.


25 posted on 02/16/2007 8:40:29 AM PST by freedomfiter2 (Duncan Hunter: pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-border control, pro-family)
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To: Armedanddangerous

Mike's a good guy. If you want to slap idiot sons of Ronald Reagan, slap Little Ronnie the Ballerina.


26 posted on 02/16/2007 8:40:34 AM PST by RockinRight (When Chuck Norris goes to bed at night, he checks under the bed for Jack Bauer.)
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To: meg88
Hear! Hear!

But many won't hear, preferring continued self-flaggelation and an encompassing death wish in seeking their Utopian candidate.

Does anyone remember Ronald Reagan's Eleventh Commandment???
27 posted on 02/16/2007 8:40:48 AM PST by mtntop3 (u)
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To: unkus
I agree. Almost any Republican is preferable to Hillary. You can pick what you dislike about any of our candidates but next to Hillary, their shortcomings are insignificant. I don't want her to be our next President. That should be enough to get conservaives to work their butts off to avoid Clinton II. We've had enough of Clinton I to last us several lifetimes.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

28 posted on 02/16/2007 8:41:04 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: meg88

Excuse me Michael for wanting all the dirty laundry revealed BEFORE the nomination is given. All we need is for Hillary's secret police dropping a scandal bomb the week before the election and the Republicans not having the MSM on their side to offer a response.


29 posted on 02/16/2007 8:41:40 AM PST by LetsRok
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To: babaloo

LOL>....so true.....I don't think Rudy followers should take this as a wholesale endorsement. I'm not sure who I'll support yet, too eary, but I've been advocating for at least we be civil within the ranks.....sometimes on FR the hate to each other is worse than what the liberals show


30 posted on 02/16/2007 8:41:52 AM PST by NorCalRepub
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To: Trunk 71-74

Duncan would make a great VP for Newt! :)


31 posted on 02/16/2007 8:41:58 AM PST by meg88
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To: pissant

I like his show. He doesn't come across as a Rudy shill, he actually seems to like Romney more than the rest. I think he's pretty fair and as frustrated and confused as the rest of us.

However, his basic point does have some merit.


32 posted on 02/16/2007 8:42:12 AM PST by RockinRight (When Chuck Norris goes to bed at night, he checks under the bed for Jack Bauer.)
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To: garv

A non elected sitting president and in the primaries, DUH.


33 posted on 02/16/2007 8:42:18 AM PST by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: onyx

I do not demand perfection, but I will not give up most of my views to settle on trash like Rino Rudy. I will go third party first.


34 posted on 02/16/2007 8:42:37 AM PST by Hydroshock (Duncan Hunter For President, checkout gohunter08.com.)
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To: meg88; antonius; Registered
The democrats don't have litmus tests.

Mike, Mike, Mike...

Where have you been? Stand up for your dad. The Rats are died-in-the-wool LIBERALS. First, foremost, and ALWAYS. They have "An America is Always Wrong" Foreign Policy Litmus test. They tried to drum Lieberman out of their party.

And they also manifestly DO have an explicit social litmus test on abortion. They are for "the right of the women (note not mother) to choose" infanticide in all but name.

How many truly Pro-Life candidates are there amongst the Rats who waffled and postured on the issue? How many Rats would openly declare themselves against the abomination of Roe v. Wade?

None that I recall.

35 posted on 02/16/2007 8:42:45 AM PST by Paul Ross (Ronald Reagan-1987:"We are always willing to be trade partners but never trade patsies.")
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To: mtntop3
Ahh,,,yes,,,the 11th Commandment.

Do you mean 'as in Rudy's public endorsement and vote for a far-left, extreme liberal socialist like Mario Cuomo',,,over the Republican candidate (Pataki)?? Does that count?

36 posted on 02/16/2007 8:43:17 AM PST by stockstrader ("Where government advances--and it advances relentlessly--freedom is imperiled"-Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: meg88
I love Michael Reagan but, "I knew Ronald Reagan and you're NO Ronald Reagan," Michael.

I'm not looking for "perfection" as I know that there was just One, and He wasn't RR but I am seeking a candidate who doesn't equivocate and doesn't need to change his views, depending on which electorate he is appealing to in given election years.

So far, I'm only finding one in the GOP pack and he's not in the "top tier" yet but, like Rush, it's way too early to tell what future events will bring.

37 posted on 02/16/2007 8:43:25 AM PST by zerosix
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To: princess leah

Check the poll on this site a lot are going to stay home. We can and have to do better then Rino Rdy.


38 posted on 02/16/2007 8:43:42 AM PST by Hydroshock (Duncan Hunter For President, checkout gohunter08.com.)
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To: meg88
>>>..... the perfect candidate, simply because he does not exist.

That is true. Mitt Romney could be an imperfect candidate ALL Republicans could get behind in the end. Maybe. We shall see.

One thing is certain, Rudy Giuliani is so far away from the GOP`s conservative platform, he isn't worth even considering.

39 posted on 02/16/2007 8:43:45 AM PST by Reagan Man (Conservatives don't vote for liberals.)
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To: meg88

I know plenty of people who claim to revere Ronald Reagan today who conveniently forget their criticisms of him when he was in office -- hypocrite for not getting rid of the Department of Education, senile fool being taken in by Gorbachev, out of touch, not a REAL conservative like Jesse Helms, appointing globalist internationalists and liberals like George Schultz and Richard Schweiker, etc. Of course now even lots of liberals claim he was a great President. This stuff never changes.


40 posted on 02/16/2007 8:43:51 AM PST by speedy
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To: Hydroshock

Yes, yes, we know. You're a broken record and completely irrelevant.


41 posted on 02/16/2007 8:44:19 AM PST by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: unkus

Absolutely defeating Hilary and Obama
It is simply ironic that the libs are so adamant about aborting themselves.


42 posted on 02/16/2007 8:44:26 AM PST by mel
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To: meg88
Yet nobody ever questioned his strong pro-life credentials after his conversion to Republicanism. They accepted his sincerity. Why can’t they accept Mitt Romney’s?

The difference is Reagan acted accordingly on many issues after his "conversion" from Dem. Rudy and Mitt have been Republican for many years but never changed from their Dem/Rino leanings. In other words there has never been a conversion in regards to party affiliation. They are what they always were.

43 posted on 02/16/2007 8:44:57 AM PST by beltfed308 (Democrats :Tough on Taxpayers, Soft on Terrorism)
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To: RockinRight; meg88

No confusion here. But I like him OK, even if he's confused.


44 posted on 02/16/2007 8:45:01 AM PST by pissant
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To: meg88

The world is weary of the carping on single issues that will ultimately be decided by the courts.


45 posted on 02/16/2007 8:45:06 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. Want a stress free life? vote Republican..)
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To: pissant
I don't know who is going to be our best candidate, but I do know that this article has a pretty good point. None of our favorite candidates is close to the perfect conservative, not even your guy Duncan (who I like and admire).

Even if he has only 9 listeners as you say, what he is saying is pretty important, and we had better figure this out or Hillary will actually win.

46 posted on 02/16/2007 8:45:07 AM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: meg88

Sanity after all...


47 posted on 02/16/2007 8:45:10 AM PST by USMMA_83 (Tantra is my fetish ;))
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To: onyx

Check out the poll on this site. I will not be alone.


48 posted on 02/16/2007 8:45:43 AM PST by Hydroshock (Duncan Hunter For President, checkout gohunter08.com.)
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To: mtntop3

Even Reagan violated his own 11th Commandment. It was really a rule, not a commandment. Honored more in the breach, and so forth. He ran against Gerald Ford.


49 posted on 02/16/2007 8:45:47 AM PST by Paul Ross (Ronald Reagan-1987:"We are always willing to be trade partners but never trade patsies.")
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To: MplsSteve

IMO you must stand up for something; call it a 'LITMUS TEST' or whatever you want, I won't support a liberal any form..not in the primary anyway..then they will have to 'Work' for my vote; I am not giving it away to the GOP for free anymore!


50 posted on 02/16/2007 8:46:35 AM PST by JSDude1 (www.pence08.com.)
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