Is Ron Reagan qualified to speak about his father?

I’m dead serious, is he?

The Ronald Reagan presidency inspired passionate debate, and the Reagan legacy is doing the same — now including criticism of Sarah Palin by the Gipper’s son.

“Sarah Palin is a soap opera, basically,” Ron Reagan Jr. told The Associated Press. “She’s doing mostly what she does to make money and keep her name in the news.”

Reagan spoke as Palin prepares to keynote tonight’s Reagan 100 Opening Banquet sponsored by the Young America’s Foundation, which owns the Reagan ranch in Santa Barbara, Cal., and is hosting one of many events celebrating Sunday’s centennial of Reagan’s birth.

The younger Reagan said he doesn’t see any similarities between his father and the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee.

Sarah Palin will be discussing Ronald Reagan this weekend. “She is not a serious candidate for president and never has been,” said Reagan, who, it should be noted, is more liberal in his politics than his father was.

I’m glad USA Today let me know that Ron Jr. is more liberal than his father.  I look forward to additional reporting on the wetness of water, the blackness of night and hotness of the sun.

Bottom line for me is that Michael Reagan can now add most of the rest of the country to the list of people Ron Reagan Jr. is an embarrassment to.

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