In meetings with top aides and administration officials, the President goes from quoting the Bible in one breath to obscene tantrums against the media, Democrats and others that he classifies as “enemies of the state.”
Worried White House aides paint a portrait of a man on the edge, increasingly wary of those who disagree with him and paranoid of a public that no longer trusts his policies in Iraq or at home.
“It reminds me of the Nixon days,” says a longtime GOP political consultant with contacts in the White House. “Everybody is an enemy; everybody is out to get him. That’s the mood over there.”
Personally, I won't believe a word of it until I read it at Wonkette.
I mean, there were all sorts of insinuations that Reagan was senile while he was still in office, and those turned out to be. . . totally accurate, if not understating the case.
But you must admit that Nancy and her astrologer did a very good job of running the country, and we all enjoy the legacy of their decisions at that crucial time in our history.
Now normally, when Max Speak, I listen.
Respect is due the bereaved, as well as to those who have a good feeling about him. It's just the decent thing to do.
But in this instance, with all due respect, which is less than zero, fuck that noise.
Wow, that looks harsh. I should follow the example of my betters, and demonstrate as much respect for the late President Reagan as he showed towards, say, the late Martin Luther King, in his opposition to. . .
Ok, I'll stop.
Update: May as well stop, as Steve Gilliard says it all much better than I could:
Reagan also embraced Angolan UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi, the puppet of the racist South African regime. He repeatedly refused to back away from him, despite South Africa's notorious, and it later turned out, mad, racial policies. Not until 1988, when the Cuban army decisively defeat the SADF at Cuito Carnevale in Angola, did the war end. The US turned its back as the South African-sponsored Renamo massacred their way across Mozambique. No one knows how many Africans died in the wars of South Africa, but US complicity with the racist regime of South Africa helped extend their lifespan. At no point did Reagan do anything to stop this.
Children too young to remember the anti-apartheid movement, or the anti-nukes movement, or the pro-getting Reagan to say "AIDS" movement, may not understand the bitterness expressed towards the guy from some quarters.
Consider yourselves blessed, and leave us old coots to our grave-pissing, eh?