A kind of nostalgia has gripped Republicans, permeating their souls and infecting their judgment.
I see it constantly in the various venues where conservatives comment and vent.
They believe that the best solution for the GOP is for someone like Ronald Reagan, espousing conservative ideas and with cheerful and yet forceful charisma, to take on the most liberal president in history.
They also believe that somehow this person is running for president today. They cling hysterically to one candidate and then another, praying that someplace within him or her resides the soul of The Gipper, sure to emerge as the primary season and the debates beckon it forth.
They are wrong.
Ronald Reagan is not running in this election. None of the candidates are remotely like him. They are strict ideologues or hypocrites claiming to deplore practices they themselves have engaged in. The one who is likely to win the nomination has shifted right and left when it suited his political purposes.
Reagan was none of these things.
Republicans need to come to the conclusion that they will have to settle for something less.
Here’s a video to remind you of what was.
Reagan tells a joke about Democrats that none of today’s candidates – whether the Republicans or the sitting president – could tell about the other Party. Reagan could because Reagan had a sense of irony, judgment, and magnanimity needed in a leader – qualities all of these lesser beings lack.
Democrats knew he was just ribbing them, not bashing their heads in. That’s why many of them worked with him to pass his greatest legislative achievements and followed him as he led the country.
Enjoy the video.
And then say goodbye.
H/T to Twitter user Justin McCall, who tweets as @trucker4America, for unearthing this video.