Michael Reagan Says "Ronald Reagan Would Back John McCain"
Doug Kmiec may be able to envision "Reaganites for Obama", but Michael Reagan assures us that the Gipper himself, were he still alive, would not be among them:
In 1976 the Ford vs. Reagan campaign for the Republican presidential nomination got so heated it looked as if my father and Jerry Ford would never again talk to one another.My Comments:
When it was over and Ford had won, what did Ronald Reagan do? He simply went all-out to help Ford win his re-election, as did I and as did my sister Maureen. My dad simply followed his rule of backing the Republican candidate no matter who he was.
Assuming that John McCain will be the Republican nominee, you can bet my father would be itching to get out on the campaign trail working to elect him even if he disagreed with him on a number of issues.
Unlike my father, a lot of conservatives stayed home in 1976, and we got four years of Jimmy Carter, whose main legacy was to drive the Shah of Iran from power and create the Islamic Republic of Iran with a bunch of wild-eyed mullahs running the show. He also gave us 20 percent inflation and long, long lines at the gas pumps. And don’t forget 440 days of Americans held hostage by the mullahs.
By staying home those conservatives made possible the future election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
We are still suffering from the legacy of James Earl Carter, thanks to the conservatives who refused to follow Ronald Reagan’s example and instead sulked at home while the nation was being handed over to the worst president in American history.
I think Reagan makes some decent points, at least when it comes to an arguably "conservative enough to qualify as a conservative" candidate like John McCain.
But Ronald Reagan would also have probably supported Rudy Giuliani had Rudy won the nomination, and under NO circumstances would I have voted for Giuliani.
There IS a tipping point at which conservatives SHOULD just stay home or vote 3rd party. I'm just not convinced McCain's nomination qualifies as such a tipping point.