Ronald Reagan and the Ascendency of Conservatism
Ronald Reagan (February 1911 – June 2004)
40th President of the United States
Until the votes were cast, the 1980 election was too close to call, with polls showing President
In Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign That Changed America,
Are there similarities between 1980 and 2008?
It goes to President Obama's point: He has made the case that the '80 campaign was important, and he was right. But he's also made the case that 2008 was important, and I think the jury's out on that. Obviously, it was important because it demonstrated to the world the pluralism of America. I don't know if it was an important election in terms of being transformational. That is what is going to make 2012 absolutely a tremendously fascinating election and the
Who would make the toughest opponent for Obama?
The one who understands what the argument is about. We're back to where we were from 1932 up until the 1970s, where we have essentially two big-government parties. We do not have a party that makes the argument that power should reside with the people and not with the national government. There's a couple of people who get it--[
They're seeing it in a microsense instead of in a macrosense. It's the difference between
Reagan remains the key figure in the party. Is that lip service, or has the
You talk about how the
Resistant is too mild a word. They hated Reagan. Reagan was a threat. Anytime you're a threat to the established order, there's only one thing to do: You either co-opt him or destroy him. And they couldn't co-opt him, so they set out to destroy him. In many of these crossover states like
The general election was seen as close.
Carter was ahead in the polling. Though Reagan was ahead in the
How much of 1980 was about Reagan, and how much was a reaction to Carter?
The campaign started out about Carter but ended up about Reagan. The debate changed everything. When Reagan looked in the camera and said, "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" that crystallized it. It was a positive affirmation for many people of Reagan and not just a rejection of
Who gave Carter's debate briefing books to the Reagan campaign?
What surprised you the most in writing this?
How many times he came close to losing. After the
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