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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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Comments (26)

Well, if you consider he's ... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Well, if you consider he's the opposition's favorite spokesman on the subject? Yeah, you can go with him. Otherwise I'd just toss him to the curb with the rest of the liars and historical revisionists.

RR Jr wouldn't get a split ... (Below threshold)
Hank:

RR Jr wouldn't get a split second of coverage if he wasn't bashing conservatives.

Media bias comes in many forms. This is one of them.

Side note: Here's the projection from Ron Jr.:
"She's doing mostly what she does to make money and keep her name in the news."

If a movie star is qualifie... (Below threshold)
Don L:

If a movie star is qualified to give environmental testimony before a liberal congressional committee, soley base upon her role in one movie, then RR is qualified, but then we live in a new world where inexperienced street organizers with extremely negative backgrounds (those anti-American and terrorist friends) are said to be qualified for the presidency.

The jealousy is overwhelmin... (Below threshold)
914:

The jealousy is overwhelmingly evident.

If it weren't for Ronald Re... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

If it weren't for Ronald Reagan, Jr wouldn't have a "job".

How convenient Reagan Jr. r... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

How convenient Reagan Jr. released a book on his father to profit off The Gipper's one hundreth birthday.

He is a d-list celebrity that is desperately trying to hold on to any fame he can. He brings nothing to the table. He has not solutions. He has no incite. He is the complete opposite of his father. ww

How convenient Reagan Jr... (Below threshold)
john:

How convenient Reagan Jr. released a book on his father to profit off The Gipper's one hundreth birthday. He is a d-list celebrity that is desperately trying to hold on to any fame he can. He brings nothing to the table. He has not solutions. He has no incite.

I think you're being a bit harsh on Mike Reagan. It's not surprising he released a book on his father to profit off his 100th birthday. His brother Ron did it too.

"Side note: Here's the p... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"Side note: Here's the projection from Ron Jr.:
"She's doing mostly what she does to make money and keep her name in the news.""

Bingo! That was the first thought that crossed my mind.

Not to be a name/celeb drop... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Not to be a name/celeb dropper, but I have so few and this one is related:

I ran into Reagen Jr. at the Sherwin-Williams store in Ballard (a hamlet in Seattle) back in '06. I quipped to my wife, loud enough so that Jr. could hear, "Apparently apples DO fall far from the tree. And go rotten faster, too."

Mrs. was none too pleased, but it was worth it.

He's qualified in ... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:


He's qualified in the same vein that the President qualifies as an author.

I have never tracked thi... (Below threshold)
gaius piconius:

I have never tracked this man's progress in any way since becoming aware of him when the great man died. The only thing that stops me from tuning him out immediately, when hearing his voice, is it's very suspect timbre,leading to the inevitable....is he or is he not, question. Not being one to leave blanks I pointedly ask Wizbangers with definite knowledge, is Ron jr, a poofter? Nothing rude or sinister here, since being 'out' or 'openly so' seems to be a mark of with-it-ness on the part of those so afflicted,the question, therefore, clearly enjoys the same frank innocence. You see, I am still trying to fathom a basis for the so many social peculiarities that make murky the collective identity of the left...what drives their thoughts and attitudes, why they are so sure of intellectual superiority, why they so consistently eschew basic horse sense analysis of the actual workings of a society. And since petulance and gay homosexuality, and the petulance, dishonesty and vindictiveness of social progressivism generally seem so mutually attracted, can it be said that; all liberals are not gay but all gays must be liberals?

I believe that the title to... (Below threshold)
SER:

I believe that the title to your column was too long. It should read:

"Is Ron Reagan qualified to speak?"

There, I believe that is more accurate.

GP, if your question is Jr.... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

GP, if your question is Jr. gay? Don't know but he is not married and would certainly be attractive to females on the left who wanted a name. I think Patty Davis has the same issue.

Ron Jr was an embarassment ... (Below threshold)
itismedavid:

Ron Jr was an embarassment to his father when alive and has never shed that status.

Even before he danced in hi... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Even before he danced in his undies on SNL, it was clear that Ron Jr had daddy issues.

He is just as qualified to... (Below threshold)
914:

He is just as qualified to speak and credible as Barry is as a U.S. jobs creator.

Like Megan McCain little Ro... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Like Megan McCain little Ronnie's only claim to fame is a successful father.

Junior has never been a success on his own and has found what little success he has had in bashing his father. I suppose that it is easy for the son who always disappointed his father to bash that father once he is gone.

Since Junior has no tallent and has no profession the only recourse he has is to drag his father's name through the mud as prfitably as he can. Fortunately for him there is a media that loves to hate Ronald Reagan, otherwise junior would be living under a viaduct.

he's a "Junior" all right..... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

he's a "Junior" all right...a Junior Dickwad! So limp he's not even a full-fledged dickwad!

Ron Reagan, Jr. is proof that if you put clothes on shit it is still shit.

Ron Jr. was his father's so... (Below threshold)
Taxpayer:

Ron Jr. was his father's soap opera, so he oughta know.

Pot. Kettle. Yada yada.

Put your tutu on and twirl ... (Below threshold)
sablegsd:

Put your tutu on and twirl on back to the rock you crawled out from, you vile little man.

There are good reasons Laur... (Below threshold)
DSkinner:

There are good reasons Laura Ingraham refers to him as Non Reagan.

Ronald Reagan knew his grea... (Below threshold)
Bob:

Ronald Reagan knew his greatness lay in the fact that the American people could relate to him, could see a part of themselves in him. He was the best of us and we saw that he was one of us. This is the same attraction that Sarah Palin has. Those who admire and respect her do so because they relate to her as one of them, an ordinary American doing extraordinary things to make her country the best it can be.

Ron Reagan has little in common with his father besides his name. His inability to grasp the similarity between President Reagan and Governor Palin is typical of his short-sighted liberalism.

Runny Regan and Mega McCain... (Below threshold)
Olsoljer:

Runny Regan and Mega McCain would be absolute nobodies if they didn't trade off their respective fathers. In Mega McCains case, politically her father doesn't have much to be proud of so I could care less. Do you think McShame sleeps with Kerry?

.... Like Megan McCain witt... (Below threshold)

.... Like Megan McCain wittle Wonnie's only claim to fifteen minutes is a successful father ....

Comparing Megan McCainiac's one-time North Vietnam and Soviet Military Intelligence Agent and life-time RINO father to success insults every successful man.

Bob 22; That's hitting t... (Below threshold)
gaius piconius:

Bob 22; That's hitting the nail flush on the head

He should have titled his b... (Below threshold)
dunce:

He should have titled his book "desparately seeking relevence".




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