I am tired of Reagan. He was a good man, a better than average president, and remains a Republican icon. But… he’s dead. The times are different. And I don’t care who does or does not have policies like Reagan. It is ghoulish that so many grown men and women are invoking him – over and over. Ewww.
As a mere mortal – as a unique mortal – no matter how much other politicians may look like him, or sound like him, or develop policies based on Reagan’s philosophy – No one will ever replace him. Because Reagan is dead.
The relevant issue for 2008: Not who is Reagan-esque – but which candidate has the vision, gravitas, and ability to lead in the 21st Century.
Searching for answers, every morning I read RealClearPolitics. Today was no different. The Use and Abuse of Reagan by Victor Davis Hanson is a must read. It’s easy to deify someone who represents an ideal never quite achieved, or a time when life was a little better, or we were young. But it is chasing shadows of ghosts who will not raise from the grave and fix things.
Republicans must beware. We need a new icon. Any takers?
— Media Lizzy