The Gipper’s no ‘Bagger

Seen at firedoglake:

South Carolina Republican: Ronald Reagan Wouldn’t Cut It in Today’s Teabaggy GOP

By: Blue Texan Tuesday September 21, 2010 10:30 am

Oh no he didn’t.

President Ronald Reagan, a Republican icon, might not be welcome in today’s GOP, Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) suggested Tuesday.  […]

“I think this would be a tough time for Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp,” Inglis added. “They were optimists that believe in America. Right now, unfortunately, conservatism is being presented with a voice of snarling rather than a face of smiling, and it really doesn’t fit America.

Well, Inglis is both right and wrong.

He’s wrong in that the “optimistic” smiley-faced Reagan spewed right-wing bile with the best of them: “welfare queens,” “Fascism was really the basis for the New Deal,” “Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders,” — very snarly!

But here’s where Inglis is right.

Reagan passed one of the biggest tax increases in US history, tripled the national debt, signed SHAMNESTY! into law, wanted to abolish nuclear weapons — and cut and run from terra.

Now even one of those heresies, in the new DeMint/Palin/Teatard GOP, makes Ronnie the very definition of a RINO.

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