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Former Reagan Adviser: CPAC Cons 'Rather Stupid,' 'Not Very Well Read'

Bruce Bartlett, a former adviser to Ronald Reagan, doesn't think all that highly of the CPAC crowd's intellectual rigor.

Former Ronald Reagan adviser Bruce Bartlett had more than a few choice words for the modern day Conservative party and none of them were good.


Last week at CPAC potential Republican candidates were invoking President Ronald Reagan ad-nauseam. Ed Schultz asked Bruce Bartlett, former adviser to Reagan, how would Reagan have been treated at CPAC.

"I think he probably would be booed out of the crowd," Bruce Bartlett said. "If only because he gave amnesty to illegal aliens back in 1986. Nativists like Representative Steve King routinely denounce Reagan for that. They would have denounced him for raising taxes eleven times. They would have denounced him for raising the debt limit. They would have denounced him for running budget deficits. They would have denounced him for supporting labor unions. ... And we are not even getting into all the liberal things that he did as governor such as signing the most liberal abortion law in the United States. I think this guy definitely would not be a favorite of this crowd."

Ed Schultz then asked if it is that conservatives and CPAC attendees just do not know their history.

"Well, I guess they have completely forgotten about George W. Bush whom they defended to the heavens when he was in office," Bruce Bartlett said. "But yes, they are really rather stupid and not very well read. To them Reagan is a distant figure in history."

Could I have said it any better? Me thinks not.

"Rather stupid," - check. "Not very well read," - check.


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