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February 06, 2006

Happy Birthday!

This seems to be getting neglected today (shame on all conservative bloggers!), but if he were still alive, today would be Ronald Reagan's 95th birthday. Seen as the model for many of today's Republican leaders (sadly, few come close to living up to his name), Ronald Reagan led the United States through the Cold War, showed conservative values in the White House, and even was able to free 66 hostages in Iran without lifting a finger (the hostage takers knew exactly how Reagan would have dealt with them, though today's terrorists are a bit bolder, or maybe just more foolish).

President Bush is better than most give him credit, but he is no Reagan. Potential presidential candidate Senator Allen may be better still, but Reagan still has his number. And can anyone say Chad Dotson in '16? He would have large shoes to fill as well. Ronald Wilson Reagan was the best president of the last fifty years, and it will be a long time before we have another like him (perhaps Lighthorse Harry/Old Zach in '40?).