Modern Day Whigs and the rise of the Party of Lincoln and Reagan.
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That would be the rise of the “Lincoln-Reagan Dinner.”
What used to be the staple of a century-plus worth of GOP tradition — the “Lincoln Day Dinner” — has in recent years, each event quite independent of the other — been named anew as a “Lincoln-Reagan” event.
From one end of America to another Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan are jointly celebrated in countless “Lincoln-Reagan” events as the GOP’s two favorite presidents — an exact, eerily instinctive match to their presidential greatness ratings by the American people in poll after poll.
These dinners were spontaneously named for Lincoln and Reagan. Of the 18 men who have served as Republican presidents of the United States, many popular in their day, these events were named for Lincoln, the first GOP president, and Reagan, the sixteenth GOP president. Not for Lincoln and Ulysses Grant or McKinley or Teddy Roosevelt, not for Taft or Eisenhower or Nixon or Ford or either of the Bushes. The GOP grass roots across the country gravitated like iron filings to a magnet — for Lincoln and Reagan.
There is a serious reason for this.
Both Lincoln and Reagan came to viscerally understand the preeminent American challenge of their time — slavery and the Cold War. Both, to immense disfavor, took on the status quo. As a result, each found himself in political conflict with friends and one-time allies. Yet both doggedly persevered. And triumphed.
They championed a vision linked directly to conservative principles — the principles of America’s founding. They saw the wave of history coming — and they knew what to do. Lincoln and Reagan were the Conscience Conservatives of their time. They changed America — and the world. Which is exactly why they are so popular with the grassroots.
What Mr. Rove is proposing here is to turn over the Lincoln-Reagan legacy to Establishment Republicans — Cotton Conservatives — who love to pay lip service to Ronald Reagan while quietly working against the conservative principles Reagan so boldly stood for. Principles that won election victories no Republican since has come close to matching.
Suffice to say?
Karl Rove and his major donors are making a big mistake.
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.
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It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
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