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(RealClearPolitics)   Mitt Romney is the reincarnation of Ronald Reagan   (realclearpolitics.com) divider line 114
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2012-08-13 05:09:11 AM  
"Who was the last Republican leader to talk specifically in those terms? Ronald Reagan."

Romney's speechwriter probably read every one of Reagan's speeches to make sure Romney sounds like him. I know, unconceivable.


/ Your beloved Ronny wasn't as fiscally conservative as your hack blog suggests.
// Good luck getting the Romney/Ryan budget through Congress.
/// Gonna lose anyway
 
2012-08-13 07:31:59 AM  
By Larry Kudlow

aaaaaand I'm done reading
 
2012-08-13 07:50:32 AM  
He could very well be the reincarnation of Reagan...that would definitely explain the Alzheimer's symptoms that he's been showing.
 
2012-08-13 07:57:28 AM  
Reagan advocated and signed tax increases. So did Margaret Thatcher.
 
2012-08-13 08:04:15 AM  
And now that I've just spent thousands of words irrationally hero worshipping someone for things they never did, I will turn and claim Democrats are doing the exact same thing!
 
2012-08-13 08:10:17 AM  
Losing his mind?
 
2012-08-13 08:24:09 AM  
Iran's making up their grocery list as we speak.
 
2012-08-13 08:39:31 AM  
Well, I'll agree his acting sucks...

/and he has just selected a chimp as a co-star
 
2012-08-13 08:39:52 AM  
He's like the great communicator in every way, except that he's quite mediocre and he can't communicate at all.
 
2012-08-13 08:52:28 AM  
And why would that be a good thing?
 
2012-08-13 08:54:38 AM  
img1.fark.net
 
2012-08-13 08:55:41 AM  
So Romney has set specific policies and connected them to specific, positive economic results. He is arguing that a free-enterprise, supply-side program will rejuvenate jobs and economic growth. And he backs this up with an unmistakable philosophy of economic freedom.

Evidence not required when you have an unmistakable philosophy. Apparently.
 
2012-08-13 09:00:49 AM  
Ronald Reagan is too liberal for today's GOP.

The real Reagan, not the demigod father figure the GOP has mythologized.
 
2012-08-13 09:02:48 AM  
except without the charm, warmth, and charisma.

He's got the duplicitous douchebag part right, though, I'll give him that.
 
2012-08-13 09:18:13 AM  
Mitt Romney is pro-choice, supports gun control, and his budget (if Ryan's budget plan is any indication) will increase the deficit while screwing the poor and middle class.

Is that what the author... Real Clear Politics...

Oh.
 
2012-08-13 09:19:33 AM  
"I want you inside me, Ronald Reagan... "
 
2012-08-13 09:20:01 AM  
Lavrentiy Beria would be proud.
 
2012-08-13 09:28:12 AM  
I can't stand the hero worship of Obama.
 
2012-08-13 09:32:25 AM  

EvilEgg: I can't stand the hero worship of Obama.


If the guy working at my local THX theater was as good a projectionist as your average Republican, he wouldn't have farked up the first 5 minutes of The Avengers.
 
2012-08-13 09:38:26 AM  

EvilEgg: I can't stand the hero worship of Obama.


rolling. on. the. floor. laughing. my. ass. off.

0/10

c'mon, man. try to be at least credible.
 
2012-08-13 09:38:32 AM  
Wait, do Mormons believe in reincarnation? I know Christians don't.

Why is real clear politics leading a war on Christianity?
 
2012-08-13 09:38:35 AM  
Mittens, I knew Ronald Reagan, and you sir are no Ronald Reagan.
 
2012-08-13 09:40:29 AM  

vernonFL: Wait, do Mormons believe in reincarnation? I know Christians don't.

Why is real clear politics leading a war on Christianity?


SEEKRIT BOODIST!
 
2012-08-13 09:42:54 AM  

Aarontology: vernonFL: Wait, do Mormons believe in reincarnation? I know Christians don't.

Why is real clear politics leading a war on Christianity?

SEEKRIT BOODIST!


I read that as seekrit boobies, and for a minute there, I almost considered clicking on a Real Clear link.
 
2012-08-13 09:57:25 AM  

Lionel Mandrake: By Larry Kudlow

aaaaaand I'm done reading


If Larry Kudlow had any good lines, he'd snort them.
 
2012-08-13 09:58:29 AM  
Mitt Romney is the most fiscally conservative Republican standard-bearer since Ronald Reagan

Difficulty: Reagan wasn't fiscally conservative.
 
2012-08-13 09:58:42 AM  
Well, classical Buddhist and Hndu teaching on Karma do say that if you were a bad person in life you are liable to be take your next turn on the wheel as a lower form of life, so it's not a COMPLETELY ridiculous assertion-of course that would have to mean that Reagan actually died in 1947, which would explain a lot about his film and subsequent political career.
 
2012-08-13 09:59:27 AM  
exiledonline.com

Romney / Ryan 2012
 
2012-08-13 09:59:38 AM  
Bullshiat! At least Reagan had the sense to pal out with a chimp.
 
2012-08-13 10:00:41 AM  
Romney is the reincarnation of Reagan...

GWB is the reincarnation of jesus...

Sarah Palin is the reincarnation of the virgin mary....

Some people are absolutely delusional.
 
2012-08-13 10:02:54 AM  

EyeballKid: Lionel Mandrake: By Larry Kudlow

aaaaaand I'm done reading

If Larry Kudlow had any good lines, he'd snort them.


I initially saw the author's name and thought "When did the ditzy chick from Friends become a republican?".
 
2012-08-13 10:03:48 AM  

Bill Murray said I was weird: Romney is the reincarnation of Reagan...

GWB is the reincarnation of jesus...

Sarah Palin is the reincarnation of the virgin mary....

Some people are absolutely delusional.


We are not. Who are you to say I am not the reincarnation of Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.? Despite being white, over weight, unable to box and Muhammad Ali not being dead yet.
 
2012-08-13 10:04:30 AM  

Lionel Mandrake: By Larry Kudlow

aaaaaand I'm done reading


I'll bet you didn't realize that we had a Goldilocks economy during the fantastic Bush years ( that ended with us in the second great republican depression ).
 
2012-08-13 10:04:34 AM  
Reagan was a farking puppet, come on. I dont understand why stupid folks have to revere the guy, he was a crappy president who let the nation get screwed over while his creepy shadow dipshiats did numerous back room deals that made us weaker.
 
2012-08-13 10:05:38 AM  
Funny...but I dont see the resemblance

www.rmhjoplin.org
 
2012-08-13 10:06:23 AM  

SilentStrider: And why would that be a good thing?


It's good if you're a terrorist cause it means you'll be able to buy weapons from Romney.
 
2012-08-13 10:09:50 AM  

elffster: Reagan was a farking puppet, come on. I dont understand why stupid folks have to revere the guy, he was a crappy president who let the nation get screwed over while his creepy shadow dipshiats did numerous back room deals that made us weaker.


Few reasons, I think. One, he embraced the religious right; their seats at the table are entirely due to Reagan. Second, "deficits don't matter" gives an enormous amount of political cover to don't-tax-and-spend Republicans. And lastly, "tear down this wall" gives the illusion that he was a fearless leader capable of destroying the Soviet Union with a single speech.
 
2012-08-13 10:10:47 AM  
Reagan was also a former union boss who picked the head of what is now called the CIA - a man who coined the term "voodoo economics" (or at least catapulted it to "household term" status) - to be his VP.

Romney doesn't like any concentration of power not directly related to shares or money and has picked a "deeply religious" Catholic Randroid (figure THAT out) whose signature accomplishment pisses off Catholics.
 
2012-08-13 10:10:49 AM  

elffster: Reagan was a farking puppet, come on. I dont understand why stupid folks have to revere the guy, he was a crappy president who let the nation get screwed over while his creepy shadow dipshiats did numerous back room deals that made us weaker.


Before retard raygun we were the worlds biggest creditor nation.

After retard raygun we were the worlds biggest debtor nation.
 
2012-08-13 10:18:10 AM  

qorkfiend: elffster: Reagan was a farking puppet, come on. I dont understand why stupid folks have to revere the guy, he was a crappy president who let the nation get screwed over while his creepy shadow dipshiats did numerous back room deals that made us weaker.

Few reasons, I think. One, he embraced the religious right; their seats at the table are entirely due to Reagan. Second, "deficits don't matter" gives an enormous amount of political cover to don't-tax-and-spend Republicans. And lastly, "tear down this wall" gives the illusion that he was a fearless leader capable of destroying the Soviet Union with a single speech.


What do you mean? In 1987 the Soviets were a powerhouse. Only that speech could have brought them to their knees!
 
2012-08-13 10:25:39 AM  

EvilEgg: I can't stand the hero worship of Obama.


Is your projector powered by dilithium crystals?
 
2012-08-13 10:25:56 AM  
Did Reagan sleep through Florida, too?

/And didn't I just read something else saying Ryan is actually the reincarnation of Reagan because both names start with 'R'?
 
2012-08-13 10:31:11 AM  

Dusk-You-n-Me: He is arguing that a free-enterprise, supply-side program will rejuvenate jobs and economic growth.


Goddamnit, I wish someone would finally drive a stake through the heart of "supply-side economics" once and for all.
 
2012-08-13 10:31:52 AM  
Guess so. Mr. Romney could not identify a chocolate doughnut despite a friendly audience and helpful coaching.

Mr. Romney shows problems finding the right word or he calls things by the wrong name. He may have Alzheimer's Dementia. Some of the odd things he says sound similar to patients who have AD. That remark about trees being the "right height" is a textbook symptom. Alzheimer's patients have problems judging distance and determining color or contrast.

A lot of Mr. Romney's mendacity during this campaign simply could be explained by Alzheimer's Dementia related memory loss. He may be a reincarnation of Mr. Reagan alright, but not in a good way.
 
2012-08-13 10:32:10 AM  

theorellior: Dusk-You-n-Me: He is arguing that a free-enterprise, supply-side program will rejuvenate jobs and economic growth.

Goddamnit, I wish someone would finally drive a stake through the heart of "supply-side economics" once and for all.


Not a chance. It's far too appealing to certain segments of the population.
 
2012-08-13 10:32:45 AM  
In terms of economic policy, yes, Romney is definitely in the spirit of Reagan.

But Romney has a long way to go before he can be compared to Reagan. One of the reasons that Reagan did so well is that he was able to communicate to the average American clearly and powerfully. Romney doesn't have that common touch.

What Romney can learn from Reagan is not to back down. Reagan made compromises in his Presidency - every politician must. But Reagan never backed down from his core principals. He didn't let consultants run his campaigns. He didn't feel the need to worry about being viewed as "extreme" - instead he ran as a conservative who would get America working again. And yes, the Democrats called him an "extremist" and much, much worse. But that made the Democrats look petty and Reagan look strong.

That's what Romney can learn from Reagan. He's been too timid thus far. He shouldn't bow down to pressure from the Democrats. When a Democratic attack group accuses you of killing a man's wife, your response should not be to talk about health care reform. Your response should be to get in front of the American people and remind them that only a party berift of ideas or decency would make such a charge, and that such desparate and disgusting tactics are beneath contempt.

Yes, Romney's economic policies are Reagan-esque. But for Romney to win, he's got to capture a lot more of Reagan's strengths than his economic policies.
 
2012-08-13 10:34:05 AM  
Romney was a union president and a Democrat?
 
2012-08-13 10:34:45 AM  
He's gonna sell arms to Iran to fund illegal operations in Latin America? He's gonna sign off on 8 tax hikes? He's gonna have his wife consult astrologers for advise on foreign policy? What?
 
2012-08-13 10:35:36 AM  

WombatControl: In terms of economic policy, yes, Romney is definitely in the spirit of Reagan.

But Romney has a long way to go before he can be compared to Reagan. One of the reasons that Reagan did so well is that he was able to communicate to the average American clearly and powerfully. Romney doesn't have that common touch.

What Romney can learn from Reagan is not to back down. Reagan made compromises in his Presidency - every politician must. But Reagan never backed down from his core principals. He didn't let consultants run his campaigns. He didn't feel the need to worry about being viewed as "extreme" - instead he ran as a conservative who would get America working again. And yes, the Democrats called him an "extremist" and much, much worse. But that made the Democrats look petty and Reagan look strong.

That's what Romney can learn from Reagan. He's been too timid thus far. He shouldn't bow down to pressure from the Democrats. When a Democratic attack group accuses you of killing a man's wife, your response should not be to talk about health care reform. Your response should be to get in front of the American people and remind them that only a party berift of ideas or decency would make such a charge, and that such desparate and disgusting tactics are beneath contempt.

Yes, Romney's economic policies are Reagan-esque. But for Romney to win, he's got to capture a lot more of Reagan's strengths than his economic policies.


Romney's problem is that we tried Reagan's economic policies, and they didn't farking work. 30 years of voodoo economics has made a few people very, very rich at the expense of everyone else.
 
2012-08-13 10:35:53 AM  

WombatControl: Your response should be to get in front of the American people and remind them that only a party berift of ideas or decency would make such a charge, and that such desparate and disgusting tactics are beneath contempt.


You are so far down the echo chamber drunk on kool-aid you can't even see how laughably ironic that would come off from a Republican?
 
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