The Therapy Sessions
Monday, June 07, 2004
Reagan's legacy is safe
Even his bitterest enemies agree on it: Republicans, Democrats Hail Reagan's Optimism:
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), who since 1962 from his seat in the Senate watched the rise of Reagan and with him the Republican resurgence, said: 'We often disagreed on issues of the day, but I had immense respect and admiration for his leadership and his extraordinary ability to inspire the nation to live up to its high ideals.'
Departing from the Democratic pattern, Kennedy went on to say that Reagan 'will be honored as the president who won the Cold War.' He also drew a direct connection between Reagan's handling of the Soviet Union and his brother's, saying that 'his 'Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall' will be linked forever with President Kennedy's 'Ich bin ein Berliner.' '
As it already is.
I don't think conservatives will line up to say such things about Jimmy Carter when he dies. His legacy is the weakness of a failed ideology: he was Neville Chamberlain without World War II.