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  •  You know, I was considering a diary (2+ / 0-)
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    mike101, Aquarius40

    on the increasingly thin bench of GOP heroes.

    They're obsessed with Reagan because he was the last national hero of their party a person who enjoyed bipartisan popularity. By 2016 it will have been 28 years since he held office. Nearly half the voters won't even remember him. And unlike other Presidents, like Clinton, Reagan retired immediately and almost entirely from public life.

    George W. has been erased.

    There is not a national GOP figure that is actually widely popular, like both Clintons, Obama (presumably he remains so). Anyone of note is popular only to a silo of conservatives and widely disliked, like Santorum, Gingrich and Palin.

    Maybe Powell. But you know, they've disowned him too.

    Anyone with any potential for cross-party popularity, like say Jon Huntsman is cut off at the knees by the GOP, or driven out, like Crist.

    It's a problem for them.

    •  He wasn't just their last national hero, (1+ / 0-)
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      Scott Wooledge

      He was practically their only national hero.

      I don't get off on name-calling Republicans as a whole, even if I will occasionally engage on it as an individual; but the only very memorable Republicans of the last century who have positive name cred are Reagan, Eisenhower, and Roosevelt. That is slim pickings for a conservative.

      Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better?

      by ConfusedSkyes on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 01:49:35 PM PST

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