Q&A Friday #54: Is Reaganism Dead?

by John Hawkins | December 1, 2006 12:10 pm

Question: “In light of Chucky Shumer’s recent remarks: Is Reaganism truly dead?” — Good_Ol_Boy

Answer: The American people loved Reagan and most members of the conservative base consider themselves to be Reaganites, but if you look around Washington, you’ll find few Republicans in power who live by the same principles as Reagan.

The last Republican Congress certainly didn’t behave like Reagan. The two Reaganite members of the House who ran for Leadership positions, Mike Pence and John Shadegg, were creamed. The current President isn’t another Reagan. Neither of the two front runners for the Republican nomination in 2008, John McCain or Rudy Giuliani, are Reaganites.

So, amongst the people, Reaganism is doing just fine. But, up on Capitol Hill in the Republican Party, you aren’t going to find much evidence that it’s still alive and kicking.

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