Ron Reagan, RIP.
He was a beloved man, he was my Commander in Chief for several years, and he told this country to pick itself up, dust off its jacket, quit groveling, and get its chin up. We’re still feeling a boost from what Ron Reagan did for us – and it’s way more good stuff than I can get into here. Suffice to say, we’d be living in Jimmy Carter’s world, had Reagan not come along when he did. And that’s a grim alternative future. The nice thing about Ron, is you can pretty much figure out who you are talking to when Reagan’s name comes up. If somebody says they liked Ron, or admired him, they are probably politically conservative, or moderate. The rest of the spectrum usually starts drooling and twitching when Ronnie’s name comes up – which is a good thing. You can tell a lot about the quality of a person, by the enemies they’ve made. And Ronnie made all the right enemies. The ranting going on over at Kos and the rep-tarnishing at Atrios is. . . satisfying. And I mean that as a compliment.
In the spirit of Ron Reagan, you shouldn’t get too upset at what gets said on ueber-liberal chat board Democratic Underground. Like the Ronnie might tell you, DU is like most things found underground. It’s dank, damp, smelly, and wormy. If you don’t believe me, kick over a rock. Or check out the comments on Ron Reagan’s death.
Slimy. Icky. Eeeeeiuuwww.
Ever wondered how high you could stack shit? Check out this impeccably dishonest little anti-Bush video game, and find out.
Speaking of dishonest, Atrios today “proves” that Clinton was the most popular president ever, using some combination of polling, and cryptic comments. All this in an effort to disprove the commentary on Ron Reagan being popular.
Of course the man he boost, slickdick Willy Jefferson, never polled more than about 43% of the population in a presidential poll. In Reagan’s closest presidential victory in 1980, he carried 50.7% of the popular vote (to 40% for Carter), plus 10 times the electoral votes that Carter won, carrying 44 out of 50 states.
In 1984, Reagan won the electoral vote 524-13 over Walter Mondale, with nearly 60% of the popular vote, and winning 48 states.
Compare to Slick Willy’s 1992 win, a 370 – 168 electoral vote margin over Bush 41, and his 43% – 37% popular vote margin (with votes bleeding mainly from Bush to Ross Perot’s 19% showing. Slick Willy pulled roughly 32 states.
In 1996, Clinton faced the poorly run Dole campaign. Surely, he beat the piss out of Dole and shamed Reagan’s legacy, right? Well, not exactly. Clinton pulled just under 50% to Dole’s 42%, and Perot’s 8%. He pulled around 400 electoral votes, to Dole’s approximately 150. Clinton also took 31 states, to Dole’s 19.
No matter how you slice it, Clinton wasn’t as popular as Reagan. Clinton at his best pulled nearly as much of the popular vote as Reagan’s worst election, but still didn’t come close in the electoral vote, or states carried. Clinton’s best doesn’t compare to Reagan’s best; Clinton’s lesser performance in 1992 isn’t anywhere near to Reagan’s awesome reelection totals.
But that’s okay. If Atrios wants to redefine popularity, I suppose he can redefine popularity any way he wants. It’s a free world.
But in the only measure that counts, votes tallied – Reagan wins hands down.
(Re: those fact listed above: Infoplease – Info thanks.)
And speaking of the left’s delusions, what’s this stuff about the vast right wing conspiracy criticizing George Soros?
Hey guys, there’s no conspiracy here. If one of our guys dropped $15 billion to try to buy a presidential election, the left would be so hysterical that you’d have to bring fainting couches to Nader events. One of their guys does it, and all of a sudden it’s a noble, patriotic effort. Um, okay, sure, whatever you say. Just to be clear – our guy spends a lot of money, it’s buying an election, and proof the system is corrupt. Your guy spends an absolute freaking cosmic ass-load of money, and it’s proof of his patriotism and that his vision is uncorrupted.
Or in other words, right for me, F.U. to thee.
Talk about your principled political parties…
The basic difference between the United States and the Islamofascists, is that the U.S. will, on occasion, burn a village to save the villagers. The Islamofascists, on the other hand, like to burn villages just for the hell of it. Hopefully with the villagers still in them.
If you aren’t reading Lileks’ Bleat every day, there may be something wrong with you.
Women’s professional basketball? Sorry ladies. It’s so bad that I just might turn into a mysogynist, were anybody to force me to watch four quarters. Hell, it’s nearly as bad as watching Men’s pro basketball. And that’s more or less like that scene in Clockwork Orange where our hero has his eyes propped open, while being forced to look at some post modern pastiche art.