Ronald Reagan certainly had his flaws — but he was certainly classier, a better speaker, more libertarian and even more economically conservative than the current occupant of the White House. When asked, almost half of Georgia Republicans find Dubya the spitting image of the the Gipper:
Do you view President Bush as a conservative in the mode of Ronald Reagan? (Republicans only)
This isn’t just isolated to Georgians. Let’s head north, to Wisconsin:
Do you consider President Bush to be a conservative in the mode of Ronald Reagan? (Republicans only)
The Republican conference that ended here Sunday featured three 2008 White House contenders trying to capture Ronald Reagan’s sunny optimism, despite the travails that could pose a problem in November. […]
Huckabee said Reagan became president because his “Morning in America” theme resonated with Americans. Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas introduced himself as “a Reagan Republican” and spent several minutes praising the late president as bold, optimistic, inspiring and courageous.
Sen. George Allen of Virginia was first to mention Reagan’s vision of America as “a shining city on a hill” (Brownback was second). Allen also said he has on his desk a plaque that Reagan once gave to his father, the former Washington Redskins coach. On it is written Reagan’s famous exhortation, “If not us, who? If not now, when?”
Asked later why Reagan was getting so much attention, Allen said Reagan cut taxes and changed the dynamics of the Cold War. Delegates sensed a yearning to recapture a golden age that historians have already judged a success.
“Now that he’s gone, he’s become a symbolic figure,” said Phil Zimmerly, 23, a law student from Tuscaloosa, Ala., adding that might happen to President Bush in 20 or 30 years.
Are these guys delusional or has some form of mass psychosis infected the GOP?