The Era of Reagan is Back
Now we got Steve Moore on Fox today with Martha MacCallum saying, (paraphrasing) “Yeah, yeah, yeah, he could win in a write-in election, it’s only four letters, B-u-s-h. None of these candidates will get above 25 or 30%.” I want to take you back. Washington Times, May 3rd, 2009. “Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Saturday that it’s time for the Republican Party to give up its ‘nostalgia’ for the heyday of the Reagan era and look forward, even if it means stealing the winning strategy deployed by Democrats in the 2008 election. ‘You can’t beat something with nothing, and the other side has something. I don’t like it, but they have it, and we have to be respectful and mindful of that,’ Mr. Bush said.
“The former president’s brother, often mentioned as a potential candidate in 2012, said President Obama’s message of hope and change during the 2008 campaign clearly resonated with Americans. ‘So our ideas need to be forward looking and relevant. I felt like there was a lot of nostalgia and the good old days in the [Republican] messaging. I mean, it’s great, but it doesn’t draw people toward your cause,’ Mr. Bush said.” That’s back in the days where the era of Reagan was over. But I’m gonna tell you that anti-Reagan populism is a nonstarter. Jeb Bush’s piece in the Wall Street Journal today is very Reaganesque, it’s very Limbaughesque, but it’s not commensurate with what he said back in May of 2009. Because, you see, conservatism is timeless.
You don’t ever move on from conservatism. Conservatism is never in your rearview mirror. Conservatism is never passe. I remember saying all this back when Jeb said this stuff back in 2009. And it wasn’t just Jeb. You remember the whole chorus of people. Newt was one of them: “The era of Reagan is over.” I flipped my wig and I don’t wear one. The era of conservatism is never over. It is never passe. Now, Mitt Romney was on the same stage. I saw a picture of Jeb Bush saying this, and he’s on a stage here with Eric Cantor and Mitt Romney, and the event was entitled Conversation for a New America. It was in Arlington, Texas, part of a listening tour meant to revitalize the Republican Party. It’s a Washington Times story. The era of Reagan is over. And now here we are, almost at the end of 2011, and Reagan is being revived, and everybody is talking about the Reagan Eleventh Commandment.
The era of Reagan obviously isn’t over. Jeb Bush himself has written a piece in the Wall Street Journal today that Reagan could have written. I don’t know what to make of it. You make of it what you want. I’m just telling you, one thing you can count on, you’re never gonna be able to go back at any point in the past and find a quote from me that indicates I have renounced conservatism or that I think it’s passe, or that I think it’s harmful or that I think it’s going to stand us in ill stead. Quite the opposite. Nope, you’re not gonna see me on the couch with Nancy Pelosi — about anything.