Perhaps it will one day be the same in Britain for Margaret Thatcher. Such a shame politicians have to die first for their legacy to be truly appreciated.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Winning it for the 'Gipper'
There is a ghost at these Republican primaries and its name is Ronald Reagan. Each of the four remaining candidates in the race is claiming the Reagan legacy for himself. They all reckon that they - and only they - are the true inheritors. They're all wrong. With the possible exception of John McCain, they're beyond comparison. Mitt Romney is a conviction free zone. Huckabee's religious fundamentalism would have Reagan turning in his grave. Ron Paul's idealism is laudable, yet he fails to match it with a Reagan-esque ability to be pragmatic. But there's no doubt about it - if you mention the words Ronald and Reagan in the same sentence you're guaranteed a huge cheer.