Dan Lips, an organizer of the petition (and friend of mine), writes: “I disagree that it’s bad to reserve judgment. First, reserving judgment doesn’t require watching the show. No doubt there will be lots of commentators ready to provide analysis for us. Second, I think it’s much more rational to reserve judgment than to completely boycott CBS without giving them the chance to respond. I think I’d feel silly encouraging 10,000 people to sign a petition to protest CBS if they actually do put forth something fair.
“The purpose of this effort shouldn’t be just to tell Babs to go to hell, but rather to show America that a sizable population loves Reagan and cares deeply about his legacy. That’s the silver lining of this thing — it has given Americans the opportunity to publicly demonstrate their love for Reagan. I think if we get enough people lined up in support, and there’s enough news about it, that will be the lesson drawn from this whole thing.”