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

"I can't imagine the Washington Post running an article on five myths about Bill Clinton or Jimmy Carter," snarled This Ain't Hell, "yet on Reagan's 100th birthday, they have the gall to run an article entitled 'Five myths about Ronald Reagan's legacy.'" This Ain't Hell answered the Post's gall with enraged non-sequiturs. 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." Live Reagan may have drawn a mere 52.8 percent approval rating, but people really loved Dead Reagan, and that's what counts! (Also among TAH's laugh lines: "If we had gone to Desert Storm with Jimmy Carter's army, we'd have won, but just barely.")

And when someone pointed out that Osama bin Laden was among the Afghan rebels Reagan supported in the 1980s, hoo boy: "Lefty Douchebags: Reagan Created the Taliban or Something," said JammieWearingFool. "So I guess we should all hate Reagan now... This is how the left celebrates Reagan's birthday. By distorting history to try and get Republicans to suddenly hate the guy." And after JammieWearingFool had been so nice to them!

JWF added, "I can't wait for some celebration of Bill Clinton where Think Progress details how he let bin Laden get away time after time leading up to 9/11" -- though we can't guess why Think Progress would pick this theme up, as the conservative press has been on that story for nine years.

Every rightblogger had his or her flower to lay at Reagan's bier -- but for Reagan's own son, Ronald Jr., they had only homophobic wrath. Reagan Jr.'s thoughts on the subject of his father don't always conform with conservative gospel -- for instance, he thinks his dad didn't really have much in common with Sarah Palin. And where does this guy get off telling rightbloggers what Reagan was really like?

"Little Ronnie Gets His Tutu in a Wad Over Sarah Palin," guffawed HolyCoast. Left Coast Ledger showed a picture of Reagan fils practicing ballet and asserted, "Ron Jr. disgraced his father by hanging out in teen gay bars like Hollywood's Odyssey 1, probably doing dope with the locals," etc.

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    Argh! Lookit him, dancin' on his toes!
"Ron Reagan jr: I'm a Pitiful, Disgusting Little Boy," said Pundit Pawn. "Is this man sick or what?" growled Bungalow Bill. "Shouldn't he be proud so many people love and admire his father?"

If you're confused that Bungalow Bill would equate support for Sarah Palin with filial devotion to Ronald Reagan, be aware that Palin did her utmost last weekend to cement that impression, bringing her spotlight-grabbing skills to a big Republican 100th birthday party for the Gipper. Several conservative outlets jumped on it, some just making goo-goo eyes at the self-defenestrated Governor, others yelling some more at Ronald Reagan Jr.

An apotheosis was achieved by Andrew Coffin at Andrew Breitbart's Big Journalism, who offered a kind of Daily Double of conservative persecution mania by complaining, "New York Times Commemorates Reagan Centennial by Misrepresenting Palin at Celebration." Not one, but two rightwing icons suffering Christ-like at the hands of the Lieberal Media!

The Times, Coffin said, had wronged Palin by concentrating on her brief speech at the event and disappearance shortly thereafter. That, said Coffin, was "simply not accurate"; 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..." 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."

Normal people might imagine these activities were actually for publicity purposes -- indeed, Coffin reproduced handsome photos thereof. But Coffin claimed Palin had only "reluctantly agreed" to the pictures, which proved "that Governor Palin is a leader cut from the same cloth [as Reagan]"; if you needed a further explanation, he added, "it is these great western ideals, and the way they could be seen at the Ranch in small but telling details, that she viscerally connected with."

And so Reagan 100 Day passed into history, but his holy name will be invoked wherever Republican Presidential candidates gather, and complaints that ungrateful sons and other traitors didn't show him enough respect will not perish from the earth. 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. Instead, they like to call it by its old shortened name, 'National Airport.'" Patriots, you know what to do! Haunt that Cinnabon and tell those bastards, "It's Reagan Airport, dammit!"

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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?

OhioOrrin
OhioOrrin

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

Darryl
Darryl

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

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,

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.

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.

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.~

Jonsey
Jonsey

That's not what his husband says.

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".

Roy
Roy

And broke the treasury.

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!!!!

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.

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...

Freshly Squeezed Cynic
Freshly Squeezed Cynic

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

She's an actor?

Trupin
Trupin

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

Roy T.
Roy T.

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

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