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Columnist disses Rush while misreading Reagan and Lee Atwater.
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As indeed, they were not. Nor were they “the people” of any of the other losing candidates. As someone present on the floor of the Convention in both 1976 and 1980, I can say the Reagan people were easy to pick out. The Reagan men wore double-knits, the Establishment guys the expensive navy pin stripes. The Reagan women were similarly less expensively dressed — JC Penney as opposed to Saks and nowhere near as polished as their female, frequently country club counterparts. The Establishment people would wear small tasteful political buttons, Reaganites were spotted wearing gigantic buttons pinned to the middle of their backs. Not to mention cowboy hats. You could almost see the Establishment people physically flinching at the sight.
All of which is to say, the Reagan people — or as they would later be known in their government incarnation — the Reagan Revolutionaries — were The Outsiders.
But by 1980 they were the winners in a brutal struggle for control of the GOP.
So to Mr. Harris and his young friends — yes, it can be done. You don’t have to wait those 20 years until Karl Rove and others hang it up. (Or in Karl’s case, presumably lowered into the grave at 125 with some Democrat and a conservative standing by just to make sure!)
The very essence of the Reagan movement politically within the GOP was a keen sense of guerrilla warfare. An utter unwillingness to sit still and be quiet, a complete willingness to challenge the status quo.
What Cupp and her Proximus friends should be doing is marrying the “digerati” to Ronald Reagan. Digitize Reagan. Don’t run from Rush — Digitize Rush. Understand the political fault lines within the Republican Party and find the candidates like Ted Cruz who are more than willing to exploit them, Atwater-style. Reagan-style.
The moment one shrinks from this — which is what Ms. Cupp has done in that Times story and in her column — is exactly the moment you are on the road to becoming, to pick names not at random, Mitt Romney. Or Stuart Stevens. Or Karl Rove. The Establishment in waiting. In which case, Vincent, you will be waiting 20 years or more to ascend to leadership.
Can the Republicans be saved from obsolescence?
If they pay attention to Ronald Reagan and Lee Atwater.
Not the myths. Not the legends.
The real, flesh and blood president and party chairman.
Two serious anti-Establishment politicians to their core. Men outside the Ruling Class who changed their party, their country, and the world. Men whose minds were never frozen to conservative principle — or history.
In the words of the old Chinese strategist that Lee loved to quote, Reagan and Atwater understood that:
The Way means inducing the people to have the same aim as the leadership, so that they will share death and share life, without fear of danger.
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?