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Reagan’s Pragmatism

From a reader:

Am I the only person who remembers that these same networks and pundits who are remembering Reagan as “pragmatic” also cried incessantly when the Reagan movie was released and the studio decided to cut the “he who lives in sin shall die in sin” line? That movie debacle was less than a year ago, and it seems like nobody remembers it (which is a testament to how awful it was and how few people saw it). While everyone is jumping on the Reagan bandwagon, let’s not forget that a major network tried to release a fictional portrayal of Reagan and his legacy and that it was ultimately released on Showtime and received fairly decent reviews from the lefty critics. They can’t have it both ways; they can’t hail his pragmatism less than a year after trying to portray him as some religious zealot who was completely unsympathetic to people dying of AIDS.

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