Hey, Hey, JFK
Is Ira Stoll’s JFK, Conservative just a bit of high-end trolling of liberals? Nothing wrong with that, of course. Turnabout is fair play. The left has been cheekily suggesting that if Ronald Reagan were still alive, he might be an “Obamacon” like his national-security adviser Colin Powell—or at least more likely that than a Tea Party Republican. Liberals love to note that the 40th president raised taxes, worked with Democrats to save Social Security, and gave amnesty to 3 million illegal immigrants. By the end of Reagan’s second term, he was even making nice with the Evil Empire. Clearly the Gipper grew in office, they approvingly and condescendingly observe. Ronald Reagan, liberal.
In reality, progressives don’t actually believe Reagan was anything other than a racist, warmongering conservative who massively cut taxes for his greedy CEO friends while the middle class withered, the homeless froze, Mandela rotted, and the band played on. They most certainly do not love the 1980s.
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James Pethokoukis is a columnist and blogger at the American Enterprise Institute.