Reagan vs. Roosevelt: Which Dead Guy Lost It For The GOP?

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The knives are out in the Republican Party, with losers plunging them deep into the rotten corpses of two GOP icons.

Continuing the pursuit of necro-nostalgia exemplified by primary campaign genuflection to the garments, airplane and widow of the sainted Ronald Reagan, the party faithful are choosing up sides over which long dead leader can somehow resurrect the party.

The Heritage Foundation’s Conn Carroll speaks for those somehow betrayed by real existing conservatism:

“Big government, national greatness, George Bush/Teddy Roosevelt style conservatism lost Tuesday…There simply was no limited government Reagan style conservative for Americans to vote for in yesterday’s election.” 

Looking for thoughtful answers,  Maureen Dowd went boldly went in search of those careful conservatives so beloved in Our Nation’s Capital.  She went the extra mile, going the extra office over to interview fellow Times columnist David Brooks, who likes it Rough Yet Battery Powered:

” The party will need a leader to strike out in a new direction, a fiscally conservative president more like a high-tech Teddy Roosevelt. ”

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Presidential Librarians:High Crimes

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Another Presidential Library head has been arrested for thievery, and now fired.

If convicted, the Abraham Lincoln Library’s Richard E. Beard may  join  former Theodore Roosevelt Association director Edward Renehan in prison.

What might Beard go up the river for? Shoplifting DVDs of House and Seinfeld .

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Presidential Libraries seem to attract their own criminal class, so lets get busy.

Another bust and we have a trend!

Looking Presidential

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South Dakota’s favorite sons look down on an aspirant.


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The Theodore Roosevelt Association accused past director Edward Renehan of stealing Association documents and he’s criminally charged.

Renehan’s publicist responds saying he is bipolar, and claiming that in past internal thefts the Association has quietly done deals, letting a office manager who allegedly embezzled $100,000 walk with a promise of future restitution.

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Enraging the TRA president, who told Newsday “…Mr. Renehan misappropriated Theodore Roosevelt Association property and now has inappropriately disclosed confidential information.”

Leading Renehan’s attorney to tell Newsday the leak was “unauthorized by myself or by Ed Renehan.”

Which is true – Renehan’s publicist did it. And none to fastidiously. Newsday says some 20 people received an email detailing the allegations, and your humble correspondent was among those blessed. But Renehan has removed the reference to the publicist from his web site, so everyone should be happy now! He’s also demoted his Roosevelt book “The Lion’s Pride” to a mention of it’s audio-book, although it is still in print.

How They Hate [Some] Of Us

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Brussels journall takes the time to go where the streets have no name, or at least not ones it approves of. Thanks to the ceaseless proliferation of web-based tools they offer what can only be hoped is the definitive survey of

Belgian Streets Named after US Presidents

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Why-ever they might feel this way is unaddressed, although Donald Rumsfeld‘s thoughtful intervention overturning Belgium’s war crimes law recently can’t have helped.