by Dee, Fri Aug 10, 2007 at 11:52:04 AM EDT
Two weeks ago to the day, Jerome posted a diary completely distorting and mischaracterizing Cornell Belcher's "esteem" for Ronald Reagan as reported in the Politico. Belcher was NOT in fact praising Reagan's policies nor ignoring the devastating impact that Reagan's policies had on the African American community, but rather recognizing and appreciating his ability to sell himself as unifier for the nation.
Well, it seems that Reagan is not the only Republican who has gained in "esteem" among some Democrats. The Politico has discovered that George Bush is to Hillary Clinton what Ronald Reagan is to Barack Obama.
"Clinton advisers privately acknowledge the Clinton-Bush comparisons and don't particularly mind them."
Personally, I don't have a problem with this because I understand the difference between admiring the person and admiring their effective campaign strategies. I hope--but not expect--that those who condemned Senator Obama and Cornell Belcher for recognizing and perhaps employing the winning strategies of Ronald Reagan will now recognize how intellectually silly and politically immature their criticisms were.
Certainly Hillary Clinton supporters can NOT argue with one face that it's ok for her to model her campaign strategy after a man who has had an equally devastating impact on the African American Community as Ronald Reagan and an even more devastating impact on our nation as a whole and our relationship to the rest of the world, but with another face condemn Barack Obama?