The myth of the incumbent President: a look back at the Reagan/Carter race.
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With Kennedy vanquished, nomination in hand, Carter’s sights turned to the new GOP nominee — Ronald Reagan.
Added now to the gushing hydrant of federal tax dollars was the cannon of harsh liberal rhetoric that we have noted above.
Read this one Carter quote again about what would become known in the Reagan era as Reaganomics:
…a bizarre program of massive tax cuts for the rich…the risk of international confrontation…the merchants of oil….those with him who have now captured control of the Republican Party…
The Reagan era produced 21 million jobs. And when one adds in the essentially unchanged policies that were kept in place by the two Bush presidencies and — yes, the 23 million jobs in the Clinton era that Obama cited without mentioning they were a direct result of Reaganomics — the total comes close to some 50 million jobs.
Now, with Carternomics back in play, this time as Obamanomics, the Obama campaign needs distractions and distortions (dogs, Ann Romney, etc., etc.) because the Obama economic program has produced no jobs and $5 trillion in debt. With some of that debt — the “stimulus” being used precisely as Jimmy Carter was using tax payer dollars in 1980 — handing it out to political allies.
Notice as well how Carter loved to say that Reagan and conservatives had somehow “captured” the GOP — as if, gosh, there really were nice responsible Republicans it’s just that they had been captured and forced to propose these bizarre policies by all those mean conservatives of 1980.
That was Carter then. This is Obama now in an interview with Rolling Stone:
But what’s happened, I think, in the Republican caucus in Congress, and what clearly happened with respect to Republican candidates, was a shift to an agenda that is far out of the mainstream — and, in fact, is contrary to a lot of Republican precepts.
Frankly, I know that there are good, decent Republicans on Capitol Hill who, in a different environment, would welcome the capacity to work with me. But right now, in an atmosphere in which folks like Rush Limbaugh and Grover Norquist are defining what it means to be a true conservative, they are lying low..
Then and now, Republicans are really reasonable people — “good, decent” (Obama) but they have, alas, had their party “captured” (Carter) by those like “Rush Limbaugh and Grover Norquist” (Obama) who have “alarming” (Carter) designs on America.
So the Carter-Reagan race began.
It was not a picnic.
Reagan was attacked as a racist, a lightweight, cruel, stupid, dangerous and a warmonger.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?