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Bush and Reagan


Peter Beinart pushes back against some dimwitted conservative Bush-bashing, but I think he’s missing a few things. First, conservatives were willing to cut Reagan some slack because he had a Democratic House for his whole administration and a Democratic Senate for part of it. Bush doesn’t get that slack. Second, Reagan articulated the case for limited government. He didn’t say that when people were in pain, the government has a responsibility to move. Bush hasn’t built the case for conservative ideals the same way.


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