Smith and Pearlstein: Ronald Reagan, Hubert Humphrey and the political divide

  • Article by: DANE SMITH and MITCH PEARLSTEIN
  • Updated: February 6, 2011 - 9:09 AM

Archetypes of an age gone by

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ebenezerFeb. 6, 1110:35 AM

I really can't apologize for the fact I can't see any greatness in Ronald Reagan's presidency, or the man himself. Lord. I wish those constantly clamoring over this guy would stop. He was at best average in intelligence and capability, and I give him credit for that. Otherwise...give us all a break from this constant hero worship. Much of his ideas came from his staff members and appointed advisors, and one would have expected more from that wide a range of contributors. Folksy is a good description of the man, I guess, but not great.

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johnsopinionFeb. 6, 1111:40 AM

Well, I'm not holding my breath, especially when idiotic hacks like Franken get into the game.

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jonedwardsFeb. 6, 1112:07 PM

Please!! to compare Ronald Reagan to Humphrey is like comparing Joe Montana to Tavaris Jackson, please dont use the Reagan Lagacy to elevate the failed politics and presidential run of Hubert Humphrey.

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msos66Feb. 6, 1112:14 PM

Wow, an article about 2 guys from opposite parties being able to keep politics civil gets its first 3 responses from haters. Way to miss the point, guys.

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davehougFeb. 6, 1112:51 PM

We need more politicians who can sincerely say "I disagree with your policy, but I know you are trying to make a better US".

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Flash_GordonFeb. 6, 11 1:20 PM

I thought that the Humphrey/Reagan piece was an excellent article about two Americans who were sincerely proud of their country. (In case you're wondering, I listed the two men in alphabetical order, not necessarily the political preference.) I didn't agree with all-or sometimes even half-of their political stands, but you must give them acknowledgement for their belief in what they were doing would result in the betterment of our country. The first posts in this thread are examples of the politics of NO which have paralyzed our legislature and congress.

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dalyfanFeb. 6, 11 2:07 PM

These two men were polar opposites but at the end of the day could be friends. Different political times for sure. Politicians of today throw out the "you lies" and the "I wish god would call him home" garbage too much.

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lkylarryFeb. 6, 11 2:49 PM

ebenezer, most of the ideas from EVERY president come from their advisors and staff members. That's why they surround themselves with well educated advisors of similar political affiliation. Just like the presidents don't write their own speeches. A president can be a great speaker, or not, but they almost always have a great speech writer or 5 on their staff. And whether your political leanings are right or left, you should be able to recognize men and women who work well across the aisles to build consensus and to govern, rather than just try to cram their ideas down the throats of their opponents. Humphrey and Reagan were both good at that.

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LakeliverFeb. 6, 11 3:19 PM

So much sanity in one article. It's beyond time we learn something from the past and these two writers have much to teach us. The problem is are those who need to learn what they teach even paying attention? Of course, ultimately it's not the writers who give us very worthwhile examples to follow but the two figures about whom they write.

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editor25Feb. 6, 11 4:22 PM

Custer was an optimist. People attracted to Reagan's "sunny vision" may have been duped into voting for someone who has led to the country's 30 year decline.

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