The controversy continued today, among some progressives on Barack Obama’s praise for Ronald Reagan in an interview earlier this week. John Edwards ripped “Barack Obama for praising the way Ronald Reagan brought about change when he was President of the United States.”
“When you think about what Ronald Reagan did to the American people, to the middle class to the working people,” said Edwards.
“He was openly – openly – intolerant of unions and the right to organize. He openly fought against the union and the organized labor movement in this country. He openly did extraordinary damage to the middle class and working people, created a tax structure that favored the very wealthiest Americans and caused the middle class and working people to struggle every single day. The destruction of the environment, you know, eliminating regulation of companies that were polluting and doing extraordinary damage to the environment.”
“I can promise you this: this president will never use Ronald Reagan as an example for change.”
Read Rick Perlstein. Rick is our premier historian of the rise of modern movement conservatism, and knows whereof he speaks.
Update: The Republicans were the party of ideas for the last 10 to 15 years, because they were challenging conventional wisdom? OK, now I’m completely boggled. Is Obama talking about the same GOP I know — the Republican party of Tom DeLay and George Bush? The party in which candidates compete to see who can do the best Reagan impersonation? This is the party that’s challenging conventional wisdom? What’s going on here?
After 7 years of BushCo I just don’t want to hear this stuff from one of our candidates. It’s a real turnoff. Yes, I get we need to bring this country back together, but a lot of folks have bailed from the Republican party over the past few years, many complaining of voter’s remorse after the ’04 election. I can’t help but wonder if Obama is really listening to the party whose nomination he is running for.
There’s further discussion on Obama on Reagan at No Quarter, Hold Fast, Digby and TalkLeft. I gotta say, Big Tent Democrat on Talk Left, captured my thoughts perfectly where he said “I guess disrespecting Dr. King and other leaders of the “fights of the 60s” is ok if you are Obama.”
Big Tent Democrat was talking about this clip:
Honestly… I don’t think Obama gets it. Sorry, that’s coming straight from the heart of this baby boomer who graduated high school in mid ’70′s. We’re still fighting some of these issues Obama, because we just haven’t solved them.
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