Democrats have found themselves a life-size replica of Saint Ronnie the Conservative Magnificent and are using him on the House floor during current budget debates.
Two House Democrats have stood proudly this week in front of a cardboard cut-out of the late Republican President Ronald Reagan during floor speeches, using his paper likeness as a prop to urge the GOP to join their cause on issues like immigration and increasing gasoline taxes.
On Wednesday, Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer set up the life-sized Reagan behind him to urge the GOP to support his bill to raise federal gasoline by 15 cents. (Gas taxes were increased under Reagan in 1982.) The next day, Reagan showed up again on the House floor next to Illinois Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, a staunch advocate for overhauling the nation's immigration laws. (Reagan passed a sweeping immigration reform bill in 1986.)
I like it when they use humor to make a point, and let's face it, a cardboard St. Ronnie is pretty close to the real deal anyway, right?
In the world of weird things, you too can buy a lifesize St. Ronnie for the low, low price of $29.95 plus shipping.