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Sarah Palin Again Likens Herself To Ronald Reagan

Reported by Ellen - February 5, 2011 -

Fox News interrupted its rerun of The O’Reilly Factor last night to air Sarah Palin’s entire speech commemorating Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday. It’s hard for me to believe Reagan would have any regard for the arrogant, sneering ignoramus that is Palin. But her followers and the Young America’s Foundation (think Jason Mattera), which hosted the event, seem to think otherwise. Still, I believe even Palin lovers would have found her fumbling, awkward delivery less than inspiring. She spoke as though she were reading the speech for the first time and having trouble reading her notes. But one point she did get across, in between her dire whinings - I mean warnings, was her contention that she’s an heir to Reagan’s brand of conservatism.

At about the 2:20 mark of her speech, Palin said,

As an Alaskan, I proudly consider myself a western conservative in the spirit of Ronald Reagan, in that tradition, because I know that he understood the small town pioneering spirit and values of hard work and rugged individualism and love thy neighbor. Those are the values that we grew up with. Those are the values Ronald Reagan embodied. They are the values of his ranch.

Then she went on to attack Democrats and warn that America is on the “road to ruin.” Alan Colmes described it on his website as “Midnight in America,” the opposite of Reagan’s famous “Morning in America” slogan.

As I previously posted, Palin held herself up as Reaganesque a few months ago on Fox News Sunday, too.

But as Think Progress noted,

Reagan was not the man conservatives claim he was. This image of Reagan as a conservative superhero is myth, created to untie (sic) the various factions of the right behind a common leader. In reality, Reagan was no conservative ideologue or flawless commander-in-chief. Reagan regularly strayed from conservative dogma — he raised taxes eleven times as president while tripling the deficit — and he often ended up on the wrong side of history, like when he vetoed an Anti-Apartheid bill.

I wonder if Palin even knows that.



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