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Real Reaganites Don't Demonize Their Opponents

Ronald Reagan's speech at the 1980 Republican National Convention provides a welcome jolt amidst the atmosphere of the current Republican nominating contest. Instead of hypocritical invective and mindless tribalism, Reagan offers a fundamentally optimistic and cooperative narrative of America. …

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Written by Fred Bauer on Friday December 23, 2011

A False Correction on Reagan's Record

After I wrote my piece on why a candidate with Ronald Reagan's record would encounter problems if he were trying to become the Republican presidential nominee today, I received the following comment from Stan Greer of the National Right to Work Committee from the National Institute for Labor …

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Written by Geoffrey Kabaservice on Thursday October 20, 2011

Reagan As He Was

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Written by Geoffrey Kabaservice on Monday October 17, 2011

In the Shadow of Ronald Reagan

Twenty years ago, historian William Leuchtenberg published a book with the poignant title, In the Shadow of FDR . Leuchtenberg's point: President Roosevelt raised expectations for the modern presidency that his (Democratic) successors could not hope to fulfill. From Truman to Clinton , they …

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Written by David Frum on Thursday September 8, 2011

Never Stop Talking About Reagan

Reading Mitt Romney's op-ed in USA Today , I was saddened by a missed opportunity. Gov. Romney commits to opening more trade talks to build a "Reagan Economic Zone": "a partnership among countries committed to free enterprise and free trade." Good start. But why is only the trade plan named …

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Written by David Frum on Tuesday September 6, 2011

Marco Rubio Bashes Republicans

I'll have more to say later about Marco Rubio's very interesting and very important speech at the Reagan Library from August the 24th. For now, just one point: You know, we at the Frum Forum take a certain amount of heat for the offense of "bashing fellow Republicans." My defense: part …

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Written by David Frum on Thursday August 25, 2011

Reagan: The Biggest RINO

What would the Club for Growth say about Ronald Reagan? We know what they think about Rick Perry since they have  produced new Presidential White Papers on him. Their opinion: eh, not bad, but not great. Now, keep in mind, the Club for Growth is hard to please. We are talking about Rick Perry, …

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Written by Paul Talley on Wednesday August 24, 2011

Don't Underestimate Rick Perry

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Written by Les Francis on Monday August 15, 2011

GOP Climate Stance Could Have Been Different

Citing an essay by D.R. Tucker , Peter Sinclair asks : What if American conservatives had followed their British counterparts and not allowed partisan animus against Al Gore to distract them from the scientific evidence on climate change? Imagine if Reagan had delivered speeches similar to …

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Written by FrumForum Editors on Thursday August 4, 2011

Where Was the Ambassador at the Reagan Statue Unveiling?

Was America's Ambassador not present at ceremony to unveil a new statue of President Reagan for partisan political reasons? The London Evening Standard reports that the American Ambassador was not present a ceremony in London to unveil a new statue of President Ronald Reagan: It was one …

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Written by John Vecchione on Tuesday July 5, 2011

"I Knew Ronald Reagan: You're No Reagan, Newt"

Former Reagan campaign staffer Richard V. Allen dismisses Newt Gingrich's claims his faltering presidential bid can be compared to The Gipper's 1980 run. GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich this week attempted to compare his troubled campaign's recent upheavals to those experienced by Ronald …

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Written by FrumForum Exclusive on Thursday June 23, 2011

Jon Huntsman Takes Reagan's Stage

One-time rock musician-turned-politician Jon Huntsman has something most of his rivals in the GOP presidential pack lack -- a low-key but genuine star quality. Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman officially launched his 2012 presidential bid this morning with an expertly stage-managed piece of …

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Written by Robert Lee on Tuesday June 21, 2011

IMF To Congress: Time For A Debt Deal

It may not be in the political self-interest of Congressional Democrats to pursue deficit reduction but the patience of markets and the IMF is being stretched by ongoing delays. Last evening, participants in the “Biden Budget Talks” leaked that the group seeks now $4 trillion in debt reduction …

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Written by Steve Bell on Friday June 17, 2011

Reagan Never Went Rogue

Many commentators have likened Sarah Palin to revered conservative icon Ronald Reagan. Both were governors of Western states, but the similarities end there. As Sarah Palin embarks on a publicity tour for her book, conservative commentators have again taken to likening the former Alaska …

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Written by Rob Bernstein on Sunday November 22, 2009

A Kennedy Lesson for Obama Critics

Peggy Noonan's Wall Street Journal column today reminds readers of a graceful tribute to John F. Kennedy delivered by President Reagan in 1985. As the nation pays tribute to Jack Kennedy's last brother, we should remember: There are boys and girls who will feel into the 2080s about President …

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Written by David Frum on Friday August 28, 2009

My Opponent, Senator Kennedy

My own feelings about Senator Kennedy are a bit more complicated or nuanced than those of many of my friends and associates, for I have never been able to forget -- nor entirely get over -- Senator Kennedy’s challenge to my old boss, Jimmy Carter, for the 1980 Democratic presidential nomination. …

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Written by Les Francis on Thursday August 27, 2009