Reagan grace vs. Clinton revenge

The news is filled stories on the vindictive nature of Bill And Hillary Clinton. The Daily Mail reported:

A new book alleges that former President Bill Clinton and wife Hillary have compiled a so-called “enemies list” of fellow Democrats who didn’t endorse Hillary in the 2008 presidential primary, but instead backed her main rival, then-Senator Barack Obama.

According to the book, titled HRC — the initials of Hillary Rodham Clinton — she and her husband created “a special circle of Clinton hell…for people who had endorsed [President] Obama.”

The book claims that after the 2008 primary, the Clintons had an aide compile a list of everyone they felt betrayed the former first lady.

“She and Bill would have at their fingertips all the information needed to make a quick decision,’ the authors reported. ‘So that friends could be rewarded and enemies punished.”

And that’s how the Clintons treat their fellow Democrats!

Contrast that with the record of Ronald Reagan, the late president and governor of California. This is from reporter Patrick McGuigan:

I wrote a book in the late 1980s about the failed attempt to confirm Judge Robert Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court. I made pointed criticisms of my favorite modern American politician — Reagan — concluding he had fumbled the ball by not advocating more aggressively for his nominee. I even criticized [Attorney General Edwin] Meese, the best friend I had in a high-ranking post in the Reagan administration.

When I left Washington, D.C., in 1990, none of the criticisms mattered to Reagan, who had left the year before. He wrote a letter encouraging fellow conservatives to study my book and the lessons I drew on how the next such nominee could fare better in the rough-and-tumble U.S. Senate confirmation.

That was classic Reagan. He never held a grudge. It served him well in a profession where grudge-holding has defined too many.

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  1. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 11 February, 2014, 10:05

    The history re write by conservatives about Pres Reagan usually ignores the fantastic crimes regarding contempt of Congress, weapons and contras—-but he did invent cap and trade— “which is nice”.

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    • Rex the Wonder Dog!
      Rex the Wonder Dog! 11 February, 2014, 22:50

      He also invented global warming, right teddy….and fracking too….and the high speed BB gun trains….Raygun even invented the internet too right teddy?? I think so 😉 .

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  2. Donkey
    Donkey 11 February, 2014, 10:21

    Ronald Reagan was a welcomed relief after four years of a progressive surrender monkey named Carter.

    Ronnie made the American citizen important, not the RAGWUS feeders sucking at the tit of the taxpayer. He fired lazy and greedy Air Traffic Controllers setting a precedent that RAGWUS feeders are not sacred and will be held accountable.

    One can read anything written by RR and compare it with writings of our current POTUS and know immediately that we have fallen very far downhill from where RR took us. 🙂

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  3. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 11 February, 2014, 11:32

    LOL

    In Carter’s Presidency the US fired NO shot in anger around the world— I’d say we need more of that not less.

    Reagan was hardly the Jesus the rewriters make him out to be– huge crimes, 19 tax increases— sort of the same old deal.

    PLEASE all SQWIWIDS !! get off the couch and do your push up today– you know who u are!

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    • Rex the Wonder Dog!
      Rex the Wonder Dog! 11 February, 2014, 22:52

      In Carter’s Presidency the US fired NO shot in anger around the world— I’d say we need more of that not less.
      That worked great with Iran, got those hostages out in record time…oh..wait….they were not released for nearly two years, after Jimmy C left office and Raygun was ready to bomb Tehran back to the stone ages.

      My bad.

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      • Ted Steele, CEO
        Ted Steele, CEO 12 February, 2014, 16:39

        It did work great in IRAN— you gasbags would’ve started a war. A war you would have ordered the poor to fight on your corpulent behalf. Just like most of the other ones little buddies!

        Internet Hawks and tough guys….Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  4. Steve Mehlman
    Steve Mehlman 11 February, 2014, 12:19

    Remember that President Reagan sat down with Tip O’Neill for drinks, worked with Democrats to help solve the country’s problems and compromised in other ways that would have made today’s right-wingers brand him as a RINO, a traitor and worse.

    How ironic that you now use him as an icon of tolerance and grace. HYPOCRITES!

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    • Ted Steele, CEO
      Ted Steele, CEO 11 February, 2014, 12:50

      You are correct Steve– Both Reagan, Nixon and Eisenhower would be Democrats today…sad.

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    • John Seiler
      John Seiler Author 11 February, 2014, 13:06

      So, Steve, are you calling for the 25% across-the-board income tax cuts that Tip O’Neill agreed to in 1981?

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      • Rex the Wonder Dog!
        Rex the Wonder Dog! 11 February, 2014, 22:58

        John, I have to take issue with the “across the board” tax cuts. The top 10% had their tax rates cut 35%, while the bottom 65% had theirs cut by only 15%, it was grossly disproportionate, in favor of the wealthy, which was unjust and really made the poor and lower middle class distrust Raygun. Raygun truly believed in AB Laffers supply side economics and the completely now discredited “trickle down” tax cut economy. It was bogus. The poor and middle class should have been the ones with 35% cuts, the richest 10% with the 15% tax cuts…there has to be a minimal level of taxation to run government, and it should be progressive IMO

        You cannot cut taxes and then increase gov spending, and then run huge twin deficits- trade and budget.

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  5. Steve Mehlman
    Steve Mehlman 11 February, 2014, 14:39

    No, if Tip were alive today, he probably would regret that particular decision, especially since he would see the income inequality it helped spawn. But my point is that cooperation and compromise were not dirty words to Reagan, Nixon, and Eisenhower…like they are to today’s slash-and-burn right-wingers.

    Indeed, John, if the Tea Party had been in charge in the 1700’s, we likely never would have had a Constitution. That sacred document was created by a group of men with widely divergent ideologies who came together and compromised for the good of the country. That could not happen today.

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  6. Donkey
    Donkey 11 February, 2014, 17:52

    RAGWUS feeders are only about stealing tax dollars for themselves. Like Reagan always said, the government is the problem. The private sector citizen is at war with a feeding parasite class of RAGWUS feeders whose sole purpose is their own enrichment!! 🙂

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  7. Donkey
    Donkey 12 February, 2014, 11:30

    Rex, I love you man, but the one POTUS that I admire from my lifetime is Ronald Reagan. 🙂

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  8. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 12 February, 2014, 21:28

    Reagan had minions like Ed Meese to do his dirty work for him. At least Bill and Hill do most of the dirty work in politics themselves.

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  9. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 12 February, 2014, 22:42

    I don’t blame Bill and Hill. Ted Kennedy and Bill Richardson were traitors to endorse Obama over Hillary. Any other politician in Hillary’s shoes would have reacted the same way. I hope she doesn’t run this time–the President asked her to serve in his administration and she did so with dignity. She should retire now and just smell the roses.

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