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Ronald Reagan Is Still Dead (Projectile Vomit Alert: NYT's Frank Rich)
The New York Times ^ | January 20, 2008 | Frank Rich

Posted on 01/21/2008 1:07:41 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

CONTEMPLATING the Clinton-Obama racial war, some Republicans were so excited you’d have thought Ronald Reagan had risen from the dead to slap around a welfare deadbeat.

Never mind that the G.O.P. is running on empty, with no ideas beyond the incessant repetition of Reagan’s name. A battle over race-and-gender identity politics among the Democrats, with its acrid scent from the 1960s, might be just the spark for a Republican comeback. (As long as the G.O.P.’s own identity politics, over religion, don’t flare up.)

Alas, these hopes faded on Tuesday night. First, the debating Democrats declared a truce, however fragile, in their racial brawl. Then Republicans in Michigan reconstituted their party’s election-year chaos by temporarily revivifying yet another candidate, Mitt Romney, who had been left for dead.

The playing of the race card by Hillary Clinton’s surrogates to diminish Barack Obama was sinister. But the Clintons are hardly bigots, and the Democratic candidates all have a history of fighting strenuously for inclusiveness. By contrast, the Romney victory in Michigan is another reminder of how Republicans aren’t even playing in the same multiracial American sandbox.

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They print this dreck, but they have a problem with Bill Kristol? Too funny! No wonder they're about to go bankrupt!
1 posted on 01/21/2008 1:07:42 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Never mind that the G.O.P. is running on empty, with no ideas beyond the incessant repetition of Reagan’s name.”

This is actually a good point, but not in the way Frankie Wankie meant.


2 posted on 01/21/2008 1:10:26 AM PST by GovernmentIsTheProblem (We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Republicans were so excited you’d have thought Ronald Reagan had risen from the dead to slap around a welfare deadbeat.

Frank Rich is so giddy he has a job you'd have thought Barney Frank stopped by to slap HIM around.

3 posted on 01/21/2008 1:11:51 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (Pro-Life atheist who will vote Fred in the primary, Republican in November)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Frank-less B*tch.
4 posted on 01/21/2008 1:24:31 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (ETERNAL SHAME on the Treasonous and Immoral Democrats!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How does a simple-minded movie critic become an authority on politics?

Oh wait, it’s the New York Times, their whole existence is nothing but a bad movie.

Fwankie needs to get back into a dark theatre where his ignoble career started.


5 posted on 01/21/2008 1:33:51 AM PST by mkjessup (...........................................................>> GOP + FOX = The new "Axis of RINOs" <<)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Watching the Ny slimes swirl down into the pit of nothingness has been exciting for me.. I will celebrate when that final flush happens...


6 posted on 01/21/2008 1:36:32 AM PST by alaskamomma
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Never mind that the G.O.P. is running on empty, with no ideas beyond the incessant repetition of Reagan’s name.

I wish!!!

7 posted on 01/21/2008 1:37:03 AM PST by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Ronald Reagan Is Still Dead"

And, liberals are still stupid.

8 posted on 01/21/2008 1:43:49 AM PST by Pajamajan (Pray for president Bush. Pray for our troops. Pray for congress, Pray for our nation.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How many PAGES of specific policy ideas has Fred released now? I don’t think that qualifies as no new ideas.

But of course why would the NYT actually want to tell the truth when it would make it so much harder to push a really good lie?

“Creating an agenda out of thin air ping!”


9 posted on 01/21/2008 1:49:33 AM PST by Advil000
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And the demorats Hillary and Obama have such marvellous ideas!
All I heard so far is more spending, more taxes. They talk about increasing jobs but have no details, just words.


10 posted on 01/21/2008 2:00:25 AM PST by ajay_kumar (United we win, divided democrats win. How difficult is that to understand?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So now its part of the vast rightwing conspiracy that Hillary and Obama are racebaiting each other. Another brilliant call by the NYT.


11 posted on 01/21/2008 2:08:32 AM PST by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Whenever Frank Rich opens his mouth something is subtracted from the sum total of human knowledge.


12 posted on 01/21/2008 2:32:03 AM PST by ought-six
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
FREEP THIS POLL:
HUCKABEE SUPPORTERS ARE SPAMING THE FOX POLL TO VOTE FOR FRED TO GO..THEY ARE THE ONLY ONES THAT WANT FRED GONE

GO VOTE NO.. http://youdecide08.foxnews.com/

13 posted on 01/21/2008 2:37:57 AM PST by W04Man (I'm Now With Fred http://Vets4Fred.net)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Now wait a minute isn’t Obama’s church racist? I thought I read somewhere their a “black church and proud of it” tripe. Clintons playing the bigot card is forgivable? Why?

The two way street isn’t two way as this editorial clearly demonstrates the two-faced elitist rhetoric of a democrat.

14 posted on 01/21/2008 2:42:53 AM PST by EBH (Loose lips sink ships.)
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To: Darkwolf377

Nha, that is Pinch’s special pleasure with Frank.


15 posted on 01/21/2008 2:46:04 AM PST by Corporate Law (<>< - Xavier Basketball, Perennial Slayer of #1 Ranked Teams)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And surprisingly enough, Frank, he’s still smarter than you.


16 posted on 01/21/2008 2:59:04 AM PST by RichInOC (Frank Rich [HEART]s Show Tunes.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Funny thing they don't realize is that while the MAN might be gone, his spirit and ideals endure.

And THAT is what they simply CANNOT deal with.
17 posted on 01/21/2008 3:01:31 AM PST by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Reagan the Man has been replaced by Reagan the Myth.

As a myth, Reagan has taken on messianic characteristics. And all GOP candidates are measured on their potential to be a second coming.

18 posted on 01/21/2008 3:06:08 AM PST by Ben Ficklin
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

McKennedy is Frank Rich’s favorite RINO. Conservatives should take note of which GOP candidate is endorsed by Socialists on the other side.


19 posted on 01/21/2008 3:37:08 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ronald Reagan committed the great sin of demonstrating that the liberals are full of excrement.


20 posted on 01/21/2008 4:26:05 AM PST by popdonnelly (Get Reid. Salazar, and Harkin out of the Senate.)
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To: GovernmentIsTheProblem
Fred is talking about the REAL CONSERVATIVE ISSUES... the nyslimes ignores Fred as do the rest of the lsm... and about 60% of the rino party.

LLS

21 posted on 01/21/2008 4:32:53 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (Support America, Kill terrorists, Destroy dims and vote Fred!)
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To: Darkwolf377
Republicans were so excited you’d have thought Ronald Reagan had risen from the dead to slap around a welfare deadbeat.

Gee you never know it unless you did some research but welfare never actually got cut during the Reagan years. It didn't actually get cut until the Clinton years. Then again, if you were the type to actually research things you'd never be a Democrat or a liberal or a progressive or what ever the vogue term for socialist is these days.

As for George Romney marching with St. Marty, wasn't there a newspaper report back in the day that actually made that claim. I know Mitt denied it, but there were witnesses who actually saw the two march together.

22 posted on 01/21/2008 4:42:58 AM PST by Sir_Humphrey (Scratch a liberal, find a communist)
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To: Sir_Humphrey

You’re expecting far too much of this moron. He’s a THEATER critic, fer pete’s sake!


23 posted on 01/21/2008 4:45:13 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (Pro-Life atheist who will vote Fred in the primary, Republican in November)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obviously this article is just a bun with no Frank. Maybe if they put enough mustard on it, Democrats will eat it.


24 posted on 01/21/2008 5:01:31 AM PST by Sender (Feel like, I feel like a poke chop san'wich)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Is this childish headline necessary? I didn’t think the Times could be anymore hateful...I was wrong.
25 posted on 01/21/2008 5:38:15 AM PST by Earthdweller
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

To Frank Rich: Yeah, Ronald Reagan is still dead and you’re still stupid and liberal (but I repeat myself). You and your fellow travelers can remain “stuck on stupid” — we Conservatives will continue to honor Reagan’s ideas and principles and search for leaders who will pick up the mantle of the greatest president of the 20th Century and attempt to bring the country back to that path guided by his vision of the shining city on a hill. Meanwhile, you and your ilk can follow the pant-suit to heaven-knows what kind of statist, Marxist America.


26 posted on 01/21/2008 5:38:27 AM PST by ReleaseTheHounds ("You ask, 'What is our aim?' I can answer in one word: VICTORY - victory - at all costs...")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
But the Clintons are hardly bigots...

Anti-semites and racists maybe, but not bigots.

27 posted on 01/21/2008 5:42:51 AM PST by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"But the Clintons are hardly bigots..."

The H@ll you say? Bigotry is part of their stock and trade... without it they are nothing. Move America forward indeed.....The Dems will be the laughing stock of the new millennium if they nominate another one of these old time con artists.

Talk about the stupid party....

28 posted on 01/21/2008 5:50:10 AM PST by Earthdweller
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I would be embarrassed to see this posted by some FR newbee on his very first day. How does this kind of inane verbiage wind up in the pages of the New York Times?
29 posted on 01/21/2008 5:54:17 AM PST by gridlock (Proud Romney Supporter since January 20, 2008)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You work for the New York Times, Frankie. Perhaps it is YOU who should be slapped around.


30 posted on 01/21/2008 5:59:55 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Ron Paul put the cuckoo in my Cocoa Puffs)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“but the clintons are hardly bigots, and the democrats all have a history of fighting strenuously for inclusiveness....by contrast, the romney victory in michigan is another reminder of how republicans aren’t even playing in the same multiracacial american sandbox...”

herr goebbles would be proud. (that’s how a brilliant, superior, lover-of-humanity democrat gets away with calling republicans bigots, without using the word, thereby leaving some wiggle room to deny it.)


31 posted on 01/21/2008 8:26:02 AM PST by ripley
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To: W04Man
I find the fact that many people are having trouble choosing between Huckabee and Thompson disturbing. Their political stances are very different, and that means these people are making their decisions based almost exclusively on projected personality.

However, it's ever been thus. Although I loved most of Reagan's political positions, he got elected and re-elected because of his personality. Positions make things better or worse, but personality and political machines get you elected.

32 posted on 01/21/2008 8:34:03 AM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
Truly a man of greatness and fortitude.

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33 posted on 01/21/2008 10:40:06 AM PST by -=SoylentSquirrel=- (I'm really made of people!)
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To: -=SoylentSquirrel=-

The best there ever was... probably the best there ever will be. Hopefully, I’m violating Reagan’s greatest attribute — his optimism — with that sentiment. Hopefully, our best days are before us and hopefully, there are some more Ronald Reagans out there in Gen-X, Gen-Y, etc.


34 posted on 01/21/2008 10:57:54 AM PST by ReleaseTheHounds ("You ask, 'What is our aim?' I can answer in one word: VICTORY - victory - at all costs...")
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