Rightbloggers Celebrate Reagan's 100th Birthday; Attack His Son, Ron Jr.; Cheer His Daughter, Sarah Palin

tomt200.jpgYou may remember Ronald Reagan, whose centenary was celebrated last weekend, as former Secretary of State James Baker does -- as the man who "taught us how to love"; or, as Arizona GOP Congressman Ben Quayle does, as "the nice man who gave us jelly beans when we visited the White House" and "shrank the scope of government," somehow, with his escalating deficits; or, with Bush White House torture enthusiast John Yoo, as the reviver of the "presidency's constitutional prerogatives."

Or may remember him as the destroyer of America's middle class, pioneer of the banking crisis, etc.

Rightbloggers incline toward the former view, as their hilarious birthday tributes show. Plus, they see a second Reagan in Sarah Palin. (Reagan's actual son? They hate him plus he's gay!)

Many rightblogger Reagan reminiscences were free-associative, perhaps in formal tribute to the Oval Office's most famous Alzheimer's sufferer.

At Right Wing News, Warner Todd Huston called Reagan "Father of the Tea Party." Hmm, we thought those guys were for cutting the deficit; how does the budget-busting Reagan qualify?

Emotionally, it seems; when Huston was young, he said, he and his fellow youths had it rough -- they "endured Watergate, the end of the Nixon presidency, saw the media turn his successor into a pratfalling, buffoon," etc.

This rough treatment of Jerry Ford and all that's holy impacted Huston's patriotic spirit -- so much so that "I even passed on joining the armed forces at the time because I couldn't imagine serving under the hated Carter regime." No laughing in the back, there.

Then "Reagan made us believe in America again," said Huston. "Ronald Reagan believed in America and he made us believe in her, too. This is the essence of the Tea Party movement." Wow, you mean cutting entitlements is optional? No wonder the Tea Party is so popular!

One "mustango" at RedState recalled that as a teenager he'd heard Reagan paying tribute to Martin Luther King. (This must have been after Reagan was forced to accept the MLK holiday.) That "was the first time," claimed mustango, "I felt actually addressed as an independent person with a say, or at least future say, in the course of this nation."

Today mustango is "heartbroken" to see "an entire industry exists to combat this mystical advantage that having a paler shade of skin supposedly grants people." He also says one of his greatest fears "is that someday we will get pushed too hard and that there will be a backlash against affirmative action..." Please don't tell him about this, or this, or, really, anything Republican on race for the past 35 years.

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The Reagan you loved! The Reagan you knew! The Reagan with a song in his heart!
Also at RedState, Poster E Pluribus Unum disapproved of 100th-birthday tributes to Reagan by General Electric. That at first may seem off, as GE was the company that sent Reagan around the nation to both preach and absorb conservative gospel in the 50s and early 60s. But EPU was mad that GE head Jeff Immelt is now working with the Obama Administration, and also because the traitors of GE "profit hugely from government implementation of policies responding to the Global Warming Hoax." (EPU added, "Not that they actually make a profit, because they do not," which would be news to Wall Street analysts.)

In his encomium, Tom Donelson of Texas GOP Vote asserted, "Reagan looked to the future whether it was Strategic Defense or the computer age, he understood that there were ideas and products that were trapped inside the minds of individuals unknown to us and just waiting for the right time to explode." As no other coherent meaning can be deduced from this, we're guessing he meant Reagan foresaw suicide bombers, but was wrong about where they would store the explosives. (Donelson also observed that, thanks to Reagan, "the average America worker is now a capitalist as nearly half of Americans now own stock," though we're not sure why he wants to spread that around right about now.)

Alas, some discouraging words were also passed about The Gipper, which enraged his flame-keepers.

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Gary H Holbrook
Gary H Holbrook

Tea Party folks aren't smart enough to be Libertarians so they have lowered themselves to a lower level on the dip shit stick of life.The Koch brothers have them bending over doing the deed and they think their playing croquet.

Sarah, is the perfect slut image for the Wingnuts. Naughty Monkey shoes and winky, winky. Who cares what she says it's the prancing around that is important.

Ron Reagan Jr, the natural son of Ronnie and Nancy...Still peering through heavy lenses looking for his boat to come in,.

gw
gw

Ron Reagan, Jr., is not gay, by the way.

400metres
400metres

"For example, when the Post's Will Bunch noted that Reagan's aggregate poll number was not so amazing, TAH recalled that when Reagan's body lay in state at the Capitol, 'The Metro ridership record was shattered that day -- the record it shattered was Bill Clinton's inauguration.'"

===========Um, TAH, wouldn't the fact that Reagan was lionized upon his death despite being only marginally popular during his presidency actually support the proposition that there is a lot of mythology inflating Reagan's legacy? Or do you think that people who were paying attention when Reagan was actually in office are somehow less knowledgeable about his policies than the people who celebrated him two decades later?

winfernal
winfernal

Bunch's fawning statistic reminds me of Red Skelton's response to the heavy turnout at Columbia Pictures Harry Cohn's funeral: "Give the people what they want and they'll show up in droves".

OhioOrrin
OhioOrrin

interesting that wingnuts idolize a former dem labour leader who practiced astrology.

Roy
Roy

And broke the treasury.

Roy T.
Roy T.

By the way, I am Roy T. Not Roy Edroso. I keep forgetting to put in my last initial.

Darryl
Darryl

Wow. Good one douche. And rightwingers are supposed to be unsympathetic and nasty?

GeoX
GeoX

I dunno if you're "supposed" to (you'd have to check with your masters on that one), but you're certainly GOOD at it.

Howlin Wolfe
Howlin Wolfe

Yeah, that really trumps ANYTHING a wingnut has ever said bad about anybody evar!!!!

Rand Careaga
Rand Careaga

I myself refer to the DC airport as "Alzheimer's International."

StringonaStick
StringonaStick

"Also, at one point "she walked a few feet away from the rest of the group to take in more of this dramatic California Central Coast vista, and, I think, to reflect on the experiences she had at the Ranch that day."

Maybe she just had to fart. The way she sucks air constantly to speak/rage, I suspect she swallows a lot of it, and it has to go somewhere since there is no room left inside her head or her bumpit.

reallyaimai
reallyaimai

Thank god its a hundred years before we have to hear Reagan mentioned again.

aimai

flux
flux

I like the bit about Palin reluctantly posing for photos, just like Ronnie. Yes, he was quite the media recluse and reluctant to be captured on film. Why just look at the careers he chose! And I thought he worked in Hollywood just to avoid any actual shooting in WW2...

Substance McGravitas
Substance McGravitas

Palin had also walked around the ranch with her family and a friendly photographer. She got on a horse and, "confident in the saddle... road the very same trails the President loved..."

She's working on having the very same problem with her brain.

Gerald Fnord
Gerald Fnord

I guess they're so in need of a Man on a White Horse that they'll take a woman on a horse of any colour.

(..and then call it proof of thir own lack of sexism---and racialism)

Susan of Texas
Susan of Texas

"Ronald Reagan believed in America and he made us believe in her, too. This is the essence of the Tea Party movement."

Ronald Reagan cut the tax rate from 70 to 28%. That is the essence of the Tea Party movement,

Gerald Fnord
Gerald Fnord

Someone doesn't respect or understand the difference between a 'tax rate' and a 'marginal tax rate'---and that, dear friends, is the zessence of the Tea Party.

===============================I'm not talking about hate...I'm talking about _eight_---dinner at eight.

Rick Moore
Rick Moore

You left out the best part of my post:

Q: What's the difference between Ron Reagan Jr. and Sarah Palin?A: Palin got invited to the 100th birthday celebration.

Al_Swearengen
Al_Swearengen

I'll bite. Ron Jr doesn't run around on reality TV pretending to be a rustic frontier-type?

Ron Jr actually knew Ronald Reagan as a person, unlike bloviating rightwing assholes who seek to defame his personal relationship with his father? But we expect no better from you people seemingly born with no fucking shame.

Freshly Squeezed Cynic
Freshly Squeezed Cynic

What's the difference between Ron Reagan Jr. and Sarah Palin?

Only one has committed serious ethics violations?

Plonk
Plonk

So wingnuts hate liberals so much that they can't even invite the man's son because of his blasphemy? Good to know.

You know, I seem to remember seeing Ron Reagan and Nancy together at the funeral. I don't recall seeing bottom-shelf wingnut bloviator Michael with them. I wonder why...

Snarl
Snarl

As a side note, I suspect Will Bunch, who describes himself as "a senior writer at the Philadelphia Daily News," wouldn't care to be lumped in with Fred Hiatt's gang of cranky white guys.That they gave him a guest op-ed slot doesn't mean he's sold his soul.

Tom M
Tom M

"that Governor Palin is a leader cut from the same cloth [as Reagan]"

So, I guess he thinks that if Palin becomes president, she'll raise taxes about 7 times, too, including the largest tax increase ever. After all, that's what St. Ronnie did.

Freshly Squeezed Cynic
Freshly Squeezed Cynic

"that Governor Palin is a leader cut from the same cloth [as Reagan]"

She's an actor?

Ifthethunderdontgetya
Ifthethunderdontgetya

For instance, Pajamas Media told us about "liberal Washingtonians" many of whom "refuse to call the D.C. airport by its real name, Reagan National Airport.===============================

By that, Jammies Media means "everyone who isn't some right-winger from out of town", I'd have to guess.~

Trupin
Trupin

You know when I'll call it Reagan National? When people start calling BWI its proper name, Thurgood Marshall Airport.

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