I can't help but notice how much the current Bush administration is starting to look like the Reagan administration–except Dubya can't read from a teleprompter as well as Uncle Ronnie could. Reagan got lots of sleep; Dubya gets lots of sleep. Reagan delegated details; Dubya delegates details. Reagan used homey charm (and his total cluelessness due to creeping dementia) to hide well-oiled realpolitik; Dubya uses, er, colorful malaprops (and his total cluelessness, cause indeterminate) to do the same.
Reagan cut taxes, then embarked on a massive deficit-bulging military spending spree. Dubya cut taxes, then embarked on a massive deficit-bulging military spending spree.
As the Intifada began, Reagan's administration gave tacit approval to Ariel Sharon's “broken bones” tactics of suppression. As the Intifada restarted, Dubya's administration gave tacit approval to Ariel Sharon's “broken bones” tactics of suppression.
Dig deeper, and does the comparison hold up? Let's see with a matching game:
Let's start with my personal favorite, ATTORNEY GENERAL:
W: John Ashcroft
Trampler of the Constitution.
R: William French Smith (vanilla corporate lawyer), Edwin Meese III (Two words- IRAN-CONTRA). MATCH.
SECRETARY of STATE:
W: Colin Powell
R: Alexander Haig (2 years…out after slight misreading of order of succession), George Schultz– MATCH.
Secretary of Defense:
R: Cap Weinberger.–MATCH
Secretary of the Interior
W: Christie Todd Whitman
R: James Watt –well, not necessarily an obvious match, but the way Whitman's getting rolled over….
Get the picture? No wonder 80's nostalgia is picking up.