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Washington Post Column: Tear down this icon: Why the GOP has to get over Ronald Reagan
Washington Post ^ | 04/26/2013 | Jennifer Rubin

Posted on 04/26/2013 7:48:58 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The unfailing reverence on the American right for Ronald Reagan is understandable. He was the only exemplar of modern conservatism to win the White House, and unlike liberal icons such as Roosevelt or Johnson or Obama, he presided over an economic boom and became beloved by voters not normally drawn to his party. No wonder that Reagan, long before his death in 2004, attained mythical status in the conservative movement and the Republican Party.

But that myth has become a burden for the modern GOP. It has bound Reagan’s followers on the right to policies and positions that were time-specific. The old guard has become convinced that Reagan’s solutions to the problems of his time were the essence of conservatism — not simply conservative ideas appropriate for that era.

Today’s Republican Party, however, faces legions of voters and candidates who came of age politically after Reagan’s eight years in office. An entire generation recalls him vaguely as a genial, optimistic president who stood up for America in the Cold War.

The Republican Party can remain a Ronald Reagan historical society, or it can try to endure as a force in national politics. But it can’t do both. The choice matters greatly, for there is no guarantee that the GOP will retain its ability to win national elections or that conservatism has a future as a national governing philosophy.

The Republican Party may survive, but only if its politicians, activists, donors and intellectuals rethink modern conservatism and find new issues to defend and new arguments with which to defend them. The public face of the GOP can no longer be aging, ill-tempered Reaganites such as John McCain and Jim DeMint but must give way to a diverse, media-savvy generation that understands the America we actually live in.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gop; reagan; ronaldreagan
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1 posted on 04/26/2013 7:48:58 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Um, NO.


2 posted on 04/26/2013 7:51:14 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Some one needs to notify the bitch Reagan wasn’t a myth, he actually accomplished great things. If she wants to see a myth see need only remove her lips from Obama’s ass and look up.


3 posted on 04/26/2013 7:51:25 AM PDT by SCHROLL
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To: SeekAndFind

And we all know how objective this Leftist journalist is, so her advice to the GOP is about as worthless as a bucket of warm spit.

Obama and FDR are Socialists who aren’t worthy to shine Pres. Reagan’s boots.


4 posted on 04/26/2013 7:52:55 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: SeekAndFind

Thanks Jenn....we really need another party that stands for nothing.

Are you really suggesting that the GOP try to market a new brand of liberalism?

Conviction to Conservative Values is the ONLY way to establish a contrast with those promoting the path to destruction.


5 posted on 04/26/2013 7:53:46 AM PDT by G Larry (Darkness Hates the Light)
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To: SeekAndFind

Did Karl Rove ghost-write this?


6 posted on 04/26/2013 7:53:57 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: SeekAndFind

Rubin does a regular podcast with Mickey Kaus for the Richocet site. I find myself agreeing more with Kaus than Rubin. Rubin is a welfare state loving Neo-Con.


7 posted on 04/26/2013 7:54:09 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: SCHROLL

She’s no more ‘conservative’ than I am a friggin tutu’d ballerina [calling Mr. Rahm Emanuel, calling Rahm Emanuel...]

She looks like a man, probably not a good enough liberal writer (doesn’t swallow it hook, line and sinker), so WaPo gave her the token conservative moniker.

Screw her....[actually, somebody else can try that]


8 posted on 04/26/2013 7:55:06 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: SeekAndFind

Let me guess, we need to hold up Bill Clinton as the Republican ideal. < /gag>


9 posted on 04/26/2013 7:55:11 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: KarlInOhio

“The public face of the GOP can no longer be aging, ill-tempered Reaganites such as John McCain...”

LOL. Yeah, McCain was a Reagan conservative.


10 posted on 04/26/2013 7:56:35 AM PDT by mrs9x
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To: SeekAndFind

Hate to tell Ms. Rubin, but President Reagan was no myth. He said what he meant and meant what he said. Unlike the lying b-tid occupying the White House now.


11 posted on 04/26/2013 7:56:37 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: SeekAndFind

Reagan was the last real conservative elected, and unlike Bush who squeaked by with only one electoral vote in 2000 and just barely in 2004, Reagan won 44 states in 1980 and 49 states in 1984.

Both the democrat and republican establishments want the people to forget the MASSIVE support that real conservative ideas gets. They want the game to be played on a very narrow field (red states, blue states, swing states) so they can control the results.

Reagan’s enormous victories scared them to hell then, and does still, which is why they have moved heaven and earth to ensure the nomination of worthless, moderate, go-along, get-along, establishment appoved, men (Bush, Dole, Bush, McCain, Romney).


12 posted on 04/26/2013 7:57:12 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: SeekAndFind

Takes a lot of moxie coming from a bunch of people still having daily orgasms over FDR nearly seven decades after his passing.


13 posted on 04/26/2013 7:59:02 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

Why am I not surprised by this? Rubin was totally and embarrassingly head-over-heels over Mitt Romney. Praised him to the skies, and dumped on anyone opposing him. Loathed Palin. Seemed entirely dismissive (if not actually antagonistic) towards the grassroots/tea-party.

Her GOP-E ilk always hated Reagan.


14 posted on 04/26/2013 8:01:28 AM PDT by greene66
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To: SeekAndFind

Reagan will be around a lot longer than the Post.


15 posted on 04/26/2013 8:01:33 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: SeekAndFind

..we walked through his ranch house, saw where he slept and we stood weeping at his grave site at the library. He was a mortal—a mortal who did great things for America and the world...


16 posted on 04/26/2013 8:04:02 AM PDT by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Rats and RINOs still fear Reagan for his stalwart anti-socialist polices.


17 posted on 04/26/2013 8:04:06 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: SCHROLL
Sounds to me like she's parroting the GOPe for they were sending out that stuff (the era of Reagan is over!) before the 2008 election as I heard it coming out of DC RNC while running the local GOP election office.

The GOPe have been working hard behind the scenes to "kill off the Reagan myth" since "W" was in the White House and now see it mostly coming from Rove - but I have to say that there was no love lost between Bush 41 and Reagan, for they fought a vicious battle over the 1980 nomination.

People now look at Geo. H W Bush as a genial old man in a wheel chair having to be helped to stand but I do remember how vigorously he fought against Ronnie for a position, like the establishment always does, simply assumed that he was the "next in line" for the 1980 nomination.

Actually, the establishment Republicans fought against Reagan in 1976, when the GOPe shut Reagan out of the nomination, handing it instead to a weak Gerald Ford, who, of course, lost to Jimmy Carter!

So to blame this gal for any original thoughts of her own, is to give her far too much credit for brain power.

18 posted on 04/26/2013 8:04:28 AM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: SeekAndFind
OOOOOOOOOO...Instead -

Let's tear down the Washington comPOST!!!

It really is a stikin’ heap of spew, bilge, bile, and feces.

19 posted on 04/26/2013 8:06:29 AM PDT by Huebolt (A country that has tipped will fall. RIP USA)
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To: SeekAndFind

20 posted on 04/26/2013 8:07:03 AM PDT by Slyfox (The Key to Marxism is Medicine ~ Vladimir Lenin is smiling from hell)
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21 posted on 04/26/2013 8:07:16 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Huebolt

Stinkin’, that is.


22 posted on 04/26/2013 8:07:21 AM PDT by Huebolt (A country that has tipped will fall. RIP USA)
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23 posted on 04/26/2013 8:10:40 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: SeekAndFind

El Rushbo is going to have a cow if he reads this. And I wouldn’t blame him.

Limbaugh’s theory is that more politicians in the GOP should be like Reagan and stick to their conservatism than should abandon it.


24 posted on 04/26/2013 8:10:44 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Tear down Reagan? Oh, hell, no. Not unless you are going to raise up George Washington in his place.


25 posted on 04/26/2013 8:10:57 AM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: Biggirl

The unfailing reverence on the American right for Ronald Reagan is understandable. He was the only exemplar of modern conservatism to win the White House, and unlike liberal icons such as Roosevelt or Johnson or Obama, he presided over an economic boom and became beloved by voters not normally drawn to his party.

I would have enjoyed the article had it ended here.


26 posted on 04/26/2013 8:11:55 AM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: SeekAndFind
This is a foolish article. A 2% swing in the vote would have resulted in a Romney win. Given the huge number of Obama attack adds broadcast in swing states throughout 2012, and Romney's choice of a target for VP, it is not impossible to consider situations where a different result might have happened. Personally, while I am a big Paul Ryan fan, I think Rubio as VP would have resulted in a Romney victory.

I do think a more libertarian Republican presidential candidate could be more successful. Reagan came from the Goldwater wing of the Republican party, not the Rockefeller wing. Goldwater and Reagan were considered "small-l" libertarian in their day. Just read "Conscience of a Conservative" or listen to Reagan's early speeches.

As for Reagan being a man of the past, Reagan was beyond time. Reagan continues to give us the answers.

Ronald Reagan: Bold Colors - No Pale Pastels

Ronald Reagan: A Time for Choosing

27 posted on 04/26/2013 8:15:02 AM PDT by magellan
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To: C19fan

Kaus ran against Boxer for Senate in CA because “she wasn’t liberal enough.” He is a moonbat extraordinaire.


28 posted on 04/26/2013 8:15:11 AM PDT by darkangel82
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To: SeekAndFind

WP
SFTU
GTFO
and
FOAD


29 posted on 04/26/2013 8:16:33 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("AP" clearly stands for American Pravda. Our news media has become completely and proudly Soviet.)
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To: Da Coyote
Ahem....Reagan will be around a lot longer than the Post Rubin.
30 posted on 04/26/2013 8:18:02 AM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: magellan

No Rubio.


31 posted on 04/26/2013 8:23:45 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: SeekAndFind

That appears to be the problem. The GOP “got over” Ronald Reagan quite some time ago.


32 posted on 04/26/2013 8:29:49 AM PDT by davisfh
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To: SeekAndFind

Asking Jennifer Rubin to write about the Republican Party is like hiring Willie Sutton to work at your bank.


33 posted on 04/26/2013 8:31:09 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Blather. Reince. Repeat.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Republicans should stop invoking the name of Reagan because it makes them hypocrites. The minute he walked out of the Oval office the last time they dumped his small government philosophy and never looked back.


34 posted on 04/26/2013 8:36:03 AM PDT by DManA
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To: mrs9x
LOL. Yeah, McCain was a Reagan conservative.

Sadly, at one time, he was. Then McCain was influenced by people like Jennifer Rubin and "grew" in his political views. Then he became the media's favorite Republican because he would criticize his former allies.

35 posted on 04/26/2013 8:36:51 AM PDT by CommerceComet (Obama vs. Romney - clear evidence that our nation has been judged by God and found wanting.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The Washington Post wants to see more conservatives in office, so they are telling us what we are doing wrong.

Isn't that special?

36 posted on 04/26/2013 8:40:00 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth." --Alan Greenspan)
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To: SeekAndFind

LOL. Does the WP think the Dems should get over FDR and JFK?


37 posted on 04/26/2013 8:41:57 AM PDT by kabar
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To: SeekAndFind
They had a special about the Reagan presidency on one of the History channels last week. One of the greatest stories told by one of his advisers was about the Air Traffic Controllers strike. Reagan called a meeting and all of his advisers were arguing about how the strike should be handled (most thinking they should negotiate with the union). Reagan said nothing, he didn't even look up, most assumed he wasn't even paying attention, he just appeared to be doodling on a legal pad. After about fifteen minutes, Reagan raised his hand and silenced them, he did not ask for any advice, simply read the speech he had been “doodling” on his legal pad and informed them that he would be giving that speech in the Rose Garden in 10 minutes. That was his famous “ultimatum” speech to the Air Traffic Controler’s unions.
38 posted on 04/26/2013 8:42:25 AM PDT by apillar
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To: SeekAndFind

Rubin was born in the New Jersey suburbs of Philadelphia, and moved with her family as a child to California in 1968.

She attended college and law school at the University of California, Berkeley. Before moving into journalism, Rubin was a labor and employment lawyer in Los Angeles, working for Hollywood studios, for 20 years


39 posted on 04/26/2013 8:43:46 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: SeekAndFind

In January 2010, Rubin authored an article for Commentary Magazine asking “Why Jews Hate Sarah Palin”. The article was criticized by Heather Horn writing in The Atlantic as “illogical, poorly-argued, and anti-Semitic”.


40 posted on 04/26/2013 8:45:01 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: SeekAndFind

In December 2012, she proclaimed that the Heritage Foundation was becoming “a political instrument in service of extremism” by hiring Jim DeMint as its president.


41 posted on 04/26/2013 8:47:31 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

She’s nuts.


42 posted on 04/26/2013 8:49:00 AM PDT by darkangel82
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To: Biggirl

No kidding! Tear down the one modern standard of America just so we can think more like Communist/Liberals? Don’t think so.


43 posted on 04/26/2013 8:49:58 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah, we’ll “get over” Reagan when leftists get over FDR, Kennedy, and Bill Clinton.


44 posted on 04/26/2013 8:51:03 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: kabar

Don’t forget LBJ and Bubba.


45 posted on 04/26/2013 8:59:05 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: Free Vulcan

Yep. Bubba is at 71% approval rating now. The public has a short memory.


46 posted on 04/26/2013 9:04:48 AM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

Yeah....right. One president in the past 50 years who got it right. Who came into a similar disaster as this president gave us and turned it around in 3 years. Let’s tear down that chapter. Brilliant success based on liberty is just a myth.


47 posted on 04/26/2013 9:10:37 AM PDT by Phillyred
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To: SeekAndFind

This broad doesn’t understand conservatism. RR’s policies and conservatism, in the main, are the same thing.

Since when does a Washington Compost Reporterette Democrat Stenographer get to say what the Republican Party must do?

Since when, Jennifer?


48 posted on 04/26/2013 9:20:41 AM PDT by sauropod (I will not comply)
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To: SeekAndFind

That will solve our problems, get over excellence.


49 posted on 04/26/2013 9:23:37 AM PDT by pfflier
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To: SeekAndFind

It seems a long time ago now that I served proudly in the Marines under Commander-in-Chief Ronald Reagan. I was actually proud to be an American back then. Today we have a sodomized, feminized, politically correct military that continues to slide down a slop hole under the America-hating, African communist Ubama. It makes me throw up in my mouth a little.

The Washington Posts’ faux Republican Rubin is, unfortunately, correct.

The United States of America is now nothing more than a large land mass populated by moochers, cretins, ingrates, and parasites who have absolutely no respect for the military and who vote for big government to confiscate money from their neighbors so that it may be “redistributed” to them in exchange for their votes. It is not an America worth defending anymore. That America no longer exists.

The parasites outnumber the hosts now, and there’s no going back. America is dead.
The Democrats have won.

Even most immigrants, legal and illegal, don’t come to America anymore to become “Americans” - - they come here to vote Democrat and steal whatever they can by proxy. It’s a shame. America had a great run but nothing lasts forever.

Rubin says the Republicans need to jump on board the socialism / depravity train in order to compete with Democrats “on a national level”, and obviously that means approving of turd poker “marriage”, higher taxes, more “redistribution” of wealth from the productive to the Democrat moochers, open borders, and an insistence that the Boy Scouts let homosexuals take little boys off into the woods.

Sure, America is dead but personally I would rather go down swinging with some dignity intact. If the Republican party leaves me, oh well.
Buh-bye.


50 posted on 04/26/2013 9:33:22 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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