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The Reagan Video

Yeah, there was plenty of good stuff and the concept was well-executed. But I really thought it was way too down and somber. The whole video was funereal. And they felt the need to invite a committee of pols to offer opinions most of which didn’t add much.

Reagan was the cheeriest politician of the 20th century, with the exception of FDR who didn’t have to cope with television. Reagan was the happy warrior and very little of that came through. I would bet the Gipper would have wanted something more upbeat. Not a dirge, but a New Orleans jazz funeral.

Jonah Goldberg, a senior editor of National Review and the author of Suicide of the West, holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute.

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