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Why I Cried When Reagan Replaced Carter


Chris Cillizza of WaPo’s The Fix asked his readers a question about our first memories of election days. Well, this isn’t an election-day story per se, but it is about the first time I “felt” the ramifications of an election.

It was January 20, 1981, and I had walked home from kindergarten at Longfellow Elementary in Mayfield, Ky, with my older sister.



On the television, news anchors were covering Inauguration Day activities.

“What’s happening?” I asked my sister.

“We have a new president,” she said.

At the time I was immersed in the world of storybooks – with knights and kings and princesses.  There were no democratically elected leaders in the books my parents read to me before bed, only kindly kings who ruled beneficently over their kingdoms and threw the occasional ball for the purposes of royal matchmaking.

All I’d ever known was Jimmy Carter, and I assumed he would always be our leader.

“Who’s taking his place?” I asked.

“A guy named Ronald Reagan.”

I burst into tears.

Isn’t it ironic that I grew up to to write for National Review Online even though my first political memory was lamenting Ronald Reagan’s victory over Carter?

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Carter Previews Obama Remarks


For voters old enough to remember President Jimmy Carter, the following RNC video will have disturbing echoes of today . . .

For voters not old enough to remember President Jimmy Carter, the above RNC video will spur them to ask . . . “The United States actually elected that guy? Really?”

Perhaps this is why convention organizers wanted to have Carter address the convention with a taped message tonight.

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Jimmy Carter: Let’s Give OBL-Mourning Hamas a Chance!


Former president Jimmy Carter, writing in the Washington Post today:

Palestine’s two major political movements — Fatah and Hamas — are signing a reconciliation agreement on Wednesday that will permit both to contest elections for the presidency and legislature within a year. If the United States and the international community support this effort, they can help Palestinian democracy and establish the basis for a unified Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza that can make a secure peace with Israel. If they remain aloof or undermine the agreement, the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory may deteriorate with a new round of violence against Israel. Support for the interim government is critical, and the United States needs to take the lead . . .

In my talks with Hamas leader Khaled Meshal, he said Hamas would accept a two-state agreement that is approved in a Palestinian referendum. Such an agreement could provide mutual recognition — Israel would recognize an independent Palestinian state and Palestine would recognize Israel. In other words, an agreement will include Hamas’s recognition of Israel.

Suspicions of Hamas stem from its charter, which calls for Israel’s destruction. I find the charter repugnant. Yet it is worth remembering that Israel negotiated the Oslo Accords with the Palestine Liberation Organization while its charter had similar provisions. It took five more years before the PLO Charter was altered.

Mr. Carter, American suspicions of Hamas may stem from other factors. To take just one recent example:

The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas has praised Osama bin Laden as an “Arab holy warrior” and condemned his killing by American forces in Pakistan.

You know, if you praise bin Laden and condemn his killing, I have a Cee Lo Green song title for you.

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Jimmy Carter, Increasingly Beyond Parody


From the last Morning Jolt of the week . . .

Cam and I talked about this a bit last night — he’s shocked that Jimmy Carter went to North Korea and accused the United States of abusing North Koreans’ human rights by withholding food aid; I’m not surprised anymore. If you’ve gone to bat for Saddam Hussein, it’s no great leap to go to bat for Kim Jong Il.

Chris Suellentrop at Slate recounted how Carter did everything possible to dissuade U.S. allies from cooperating with American foreign policy he disagreed with: “During the buildup to the Gulf War in 1990 and 1991, Carter unsuccessfully worked to undermine the foreign policy of America’s democratically elected president, George Bush. Carter behaved as the Imperial Ex-President, conducting a guerrilla foreign-policy operation that competed with the actual president’s. What’s disturbing about this behavior is not that Carter opposed war with Iraq. Many Democrats opposed going to war, and they worked within the American system to try to prevent a war that many predicted would be bloody (which it was, for Iraq). But Carter went further than merely lobbying Congress to oppose military action or speaking out in an effort to tilt popular opinion against the coming war. He used his status as a former president to engage in foreign policy, a deliberate effort to subvert the democratic process.

. . . Right up to Bush’s Jan. 15 deadline for war, Carter continued his shadow foreign policy campaign. On Jan. 10, he wrote the leaders of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Syria and asked them to oppose the impending military action. “I am distressed by the inability of either the international community or the Arab world to find a diplomatic solution to the Gulf crisis,” he wrote. “I urge you to call publicly for a delay in the use of force while Arab leaders seek a peaceful solution to the crisis. You may have to forego approval from the White House, but you will find the French, Soviets, and others fully supportive. Also, most Americans will welcome such a move.” Former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft later accused Carter of violating the Logan Act, the law that prohibits American citizens from conducting unofficial foreign policy.

Bryan Preston, writing at Pajamas Media, concludes, “Jimmy Carter really has never forgiven Americans for firing him in 1980, has he? In the former president’s mind, here’s the logic of his latest statement, transcribed below: If American taxpayers don’t pony up to pay for the food of people on the other side of the world who have been brainwashed to want to exterminate us in nuclear Armageddon, we are violating their human rights . . . You, American, are violating North Koreans’ human rights by not automatically opening up your wallet every time Kim gets lonely and starts threatening to turn the Korean peninsula into a sea of fire. Jimmy Carter wants you to be ashamed. It’s not like Carter arrived at this strange position due to experiencing the personal charisma of the Dear Leader himself: Kim reportedly wouldn’t even meet with him.”

We knew Jimmy Carter was so deluded that he didn’t know when he was being used. But now we know he’s so deluded he doesn’t even know when he’s being snubbed.

By the way, Carter is implicitly accusing President Obama of human rights violations. Any lefties want to criticize the peanut farmer over this?

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