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The Cult of Ronald Reagan

President Ronald Reagan poses for photographers in the Oval Office of the White House, Jan. 11, 1989 after delivering a televised farewell address to the nation. In the parting address, Reagan said that during his eight years in office, "we meant to change a nation and instead we changed a world." (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)(AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

February 11, 2012

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.

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. 
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