Grover, Reagan, an angry GOP base, and a demand for Fiscal Cliff TV negotiations.
“No retreat, no surrender.”
— Bruce Springsteen
The Fiscal Cliff.
It all comes down to principles.
Grover Norquist understands this. Brent Bozell understands this. The Heritage Foundation understands this. Ditto Rush, Sean and Mark. And in truth — millions of conservatives get it in their bones.
John Boehner does not understand this.
No one understood the role of principles and leverage better than Ronald Reagan. So before we talk the Cliff, let’s talk principles and leverage in Geneva.
It was November 23, 1983.
The issue at hand: the Cold War negotiations between the United States and the Soviet Union over medium range nuclear missiles.
The locale: Geneva, Switzerland.
The Soviets’ objective, according to the New York Times and the media of the day? Stopping Reagan’s deployment of 572 American Tomahawk Cruise and Pershing missiles to Europe.
Reagan’s objective, assured the Times: to deploy those missiles as a response to Soviet missiles that were already targeting Europe.
The Soviets were totally confident they could pressure Reagan into backing down. Just as they had pressured American presidents of both parties for decades. After all, went the hysterical cry, this was about nuclear war and the annihilation of mankind. Surely Reagan would see the light!
Besides, went the Soviet thinking, they had leverage over Reagan. Or so they thought.
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.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online