Thursday, September 10, 2009

A house divided but not against itself

From Russ Douthat's review of The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution, 1980-1989, by Steven F. Hayward, in The New York Times last Sunday.
Ideological to a fault, Reagan-era conservatives failed to see that “the most successful presidencies tend to be those that have factional disagreements,” rather than those whose inner circles march in perfect lockstep. They often “missed the signals of Soviet vulnerability” that presaged Communism’s peaceful fall. In both cases, Reagan knew better, and the country was better off because he did.

See Cocoon.

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