There are a lot of young folks at CPAC, roaming the halls of the Marriott and listening to their elders go on and on in the most mythic terms about Ronald Reagan, who is repeatedly described as the last true conservative hero, and held up as a model to today's faithful.
The Cult of Ronald Reagan
Well, maybe. Reagan did cut taxes and fuel the disintegration of the Soviet empire. But there is something that is left out of the narrative here: Reagan's gift at compromising.
It is an inconvenient fact for Republicans, but most of President Reagan's great accomplishments were bipartisan.