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Jeb: my dad, Reagan would struggle in a GOP primary these days

From BuzzFeed:

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said today that both Ronald Reagan and his father George H. W. Bush would have had a difficult time getting nominated by today's ultra-conservative Republican Party.

"Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad — they would have a hard time if you define the Republican party — and I don’t — as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement, doesn’t allow for finding some common ground," Bush said, adding that he views the hyper-partisan moment as "temporary."

"Back to my dad’s time and Ronald Reagan’s time – they got a lot of stuff done with a lot of bipartisan suport," he said. Reagan "would be criticized for doing the things that he did."

Bush cited, in particular, "the budget deal my dad did, with bipartisan support — at least for a while — that created the spending restraint of the ‘90s," a reference to a move widely viewed now as a political disaster for Bush, breaking a pledge against tax increases and infuriating conservatives. It was, Bush said, "helpful in creating a climate of more sustained economic growth."

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Multiple choice question:

Which version of Daddy Bush would Jeb be talking about?

a) the Daddy Bush who ran against Reagan calling Reagan's campaign platform "Voodoo economics", or

b) the Daddy Bush who, after getting picked by Reagan as V.P., became the chief cheerleader for those same "Voodoo economics", or

c) the Daddy Bush who, as Presidential candidate, lied to us all about lip-reading his "no new taxes" pledge, or

d) all of the above.

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Reagan has a legacy so distorted by the Conservative idolization of him that we may never have a clear picture of the real man behind the television set beyond the elaborate myth now concocted around him. Did he really rid the world of commie scum? Did destroy or save our economy? Check out my portrait of The Gipper and help me figure it out on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/02/happy-100th-gipper.html with some Cold War Hollywood!


That is part of the problem. Years of compromise and kicking the can down the road is how we ended up where we are today. When you put the country and the economy under a crushing burden of spending and debt, you eliminate options and the luxury of compromise.

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