If you gave any Republican a choice of whom they would like to run, dead or alive, they would all invoke the name of Saint Ronnie Reagan. On Sunday Morning Futures, Maria Bartiromo discussed the topic of the current G.O.P. field. Who better to ask than the very same manager from Reagan's 2nd term campaign, Ed Rollins. Rollins bragged about the G.O.P. candidates which "we have an abundance of." At the First In The Nation Summit in Nashua, 19 potential and current candidates spoke in front of 600 active Republicans.
Rollins believes New Hampshire to be more important than Iowa to the General Presidential Election. Since Iowa is where the most Evangelical of the candidates fares the best, New Hampshire is more indicative of the mainstream American political climate. Jeb Bush or Chris Christie if they are to fare well nationally are going to have to do well in New Hampshire.
Rollins admits repealing and replacing Obamacare will be too hard while President Obama is still in office, and says nothing about any alternative plan. "It needs to be fixed and it needs to be fixed desperately," (because it actually is working). He admits that the King v Burwell case may modify things, but what will become of so many millions who will have their healthcare taken away? No mention. He drops that issue entirely and segues into,
"At the end of the day, if you look at our field of candidates we have many governors who have beenelected to two terms, and not necessarily in Republican states, we have several serious young Senators with a future. This is probably the strongest field since 1980 when Reagan won and my sense who ever comes out of this field will be very significant."
This inexplicable nostalgia to the era of the most criminal indictments in U.S. History is so antithetical to the ethical standards expected of Democratic administrations.
"By the end of his term, 138 Reagan administration officials had been convicted, had been indicted, or had been the subject of official investigations for official misconduct and/or criminal violations. In terms of number of officials involved, the record of his administration was the worst ever."
If you turn the clock back to 1987, even Ed Rollins himself was far less than optimistic about the way history would treat his boss.
''The entire Iran-contra affair has created a terrible distraction, has dominated the agenda,'' said Edward J. Rollins, a former White House official who ran Mr. Reagan's Presidential campaign in 1984. ''Now, instead of us going out to debate the Democrats on their foreign policy and our foreign policy, the debate will be on the inconsistencies of our foreign policy.''
''The Republican Party's rise over the last five or six years has been in direct proportion to the strength of Ronald Reagan,'' Mr. Rollins said. ''With Reagan weakened, the Republican Party is weakened.''
Rollins and the rest of the Republican party have a deranged sense of remembrance of a president who was far worse than their memory serves. The sad thing is the current field that Rollins lauds heaps of praise is even more incompetent and distructive than St. Ronnie.