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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Reagan Revisionism

Fred Barnes had this interesting column in yesterday's Wall Street Journal. Seems to me about right, especially concerning Reagan's partisanship, and more that of the Democrats. It does seem to me that the partisanship is more bitter now than then; more hardened, with less listening. Maybe it's part of the cost for the years of harsh partisan denunciations. Democratic activists keep thinking that the party's problem is that it is not "tough enough." That's probably the exact opposite of the truth. It's problem is that it has squandered credibility as a responsible opposition by reflexively opposing everything Bush, and through intemperate public pronouncements.

I've said it repeatedly here, we need a good Democratic opposition. We're not getting one.

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