My mom escorted him around her school at University High in Westwood when he was California’s governor. Later, when I was in journalism graduate school at Northwestern University in Washington D.C., I interviewed his Administration regularly for reports for the Rapid City, S.D., newspaper (a bigger circulation than The Union, no less). At CNET, Reagan’s son Ron Jr. was one of the network’s first television anchors. We chatted about family matters, including some very sensitive ones.
So it gripes me to read regular commentators on George Rebane’s/Russ Steele’s “troglodyte” blogs in our little county, such as “Mikey McD” (not an “avatar”- at least I think so – for a politically like-minded guy whom I used to know nicknamed Mikey), suggest that he somehow knew Reagan.
“The question is will we have a Bush Republican party or a Reagan Republican party… I am a Libertarian,” Mikey writes on Russ’ blog. Please. When did you hear George, Russ or Mikey bashing Bush during his presidency?
What Mikey forgot was that Reagan was the “great communicator” who over the term of his administration could unite, not divide, even if you disagreed with him. I have yet to hear that approach from the “in your face” conservatives in this extreme right-wing camp.
People are misinterpreting history to revive the local Republican party, which is in decline. Good luck with the revisionist history. Some people have longer memories than Mikey. We’re onto you.
Obama is a “great communicator” too and delivering some tangible results. So get over it and don’t be afraid to “cross over” once in a while. Scary, huh?