Magazine February 7, 2011, Issue

The Gipper Beyond 100

The great communicator (Don Heiny/AP)
Conservatives can extend Reagan’s legacy into the next generation

As we approach the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth on February 6, it seems that the most common question conservatives ask is whether anyone can unite the Right the way Reagan did. In 2008, during the GOP primaries, National Review Online held a symposium on the question: “Is the Reagan coalition dead?” Respondents, including Terence P. Jeffrey, Paul Kengor, Mark R. Levin, John O’Sullivan, John J. Pitney, Mark Rozell, and Peter Schweizer, disagreed over whether such a thing was possible, but all agreed that Reagan was the driving force that had put the coalition together. As Rozell wrote in his

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