Ronald Reagan Was Once Donald Trump — New York

Mike Schilling

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14 Responses

  1. Will Truman says:

    The parallels are, I’m sure you can imagine, quite a popular mention with the Trumpers.Report

  2. Michelle says:

    I was never a fan of Reagan but he had several abilities Trump lacks, including a positive vision of the country that didn’t rest, in large part, on denigrating minorities. I never voted for him. Still, I could understand why people found him appealing. Plus, he was no political neophyte having been governor of the largest state in the country for two terms. He also wasn’t a crude, misogynistic bastard. He had class. Trump, for all his money, has none.Report

  3. Kolohe says:

    The even more risible comparison is the one Rich makes at the very end between Jimmy Carter and Hillary Clinton.Report

    • Mike Schilling in reply to Kolohe says:

      They’re both Satan, aren’t they?

      Actually the better comparison, in terms of how Republicans see them, is Carter and Obama. Both weak presidents, disbelievers in American exceptionalism, betrayers of Israel, unable to stand up to America’s enemies.Report

  4. j r says:

    #content is king.Report

  5. Mo says:

    “no depth in federal government administration”

    Emphasis added. That is a very specific claim that basically applies to every governor or general that ended up president. It’s true of Ike, Clinton, Carter, Bush II, etc. And it’s pretty weak sauce. Especially because of the size and complexity* of California, it’s pretty much the best dress rehearsal at the state level for the White House. It’s a lot better than being one of 100 in the Senate. There’s a difference between never worked in DC, but was governor of a big state vs. no experience in government at all.

    * The economy is a mix of ag, manufacturing, media, high tech, a number of military bases, biotech, etc.Report

  6. Tod Kelly says:

    Ah, I see that the “They laughed at Newton, therefore my highly detailed conspiracy theory about the lizard people should be taken seriously” school of logic has been embraced by New York magazine.Report

  7. Burt Likko says:

    Senator, I knew Paul Laxalt. Paul Laxalt was a friend of mine. You, Senator Sessions, are no Paul Laxalt.Report

  8. Chip Daniels says:

    I’m imagining Luke Wilson’s character going to sleep in 1976 and waking up 40 years later to discover that Ronald Reagan has become the august statesman, the deep profound intellectual by whom all others are judged.Report