By Ben Cohen
Editor in Chief
White Republican males fawn over Ronald Reagan like teenage boys do over Britney Spears. The poster President of ‘image over substance’ politics, Reagan is credited by his minions for restoring hope to America, ending the cold war and bringing massive peace and prosperity to the world. To everyone grounded in reality, Reagan was actually responsible for destroying the working poor in the U.S, funding terrorism in Latin America while illegally selling weapons to Iran. Contrary to revisionist history, Reagan also had nothing to do with ending the Soviet Union (it collapsed upon itself after years of mismanagement). However, all of this is irrelevant to todays Republican nominees for President, and they are all clamouring to associate themselves with ‘Gipper’ as he is fondly remembered. And that includes insulting other politicians by telling them that they are ‘no Ronald Reagan’…
This particular line became famous when American Democratic vice presidential candidate Lloyd Bentsen said to Senator Dan Quayle ‘Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy” in the vice presidential elections in 1988. Seeking to stake his own territory in political put downs, Rudolph Giuliani recently used the quip to disparage Barack Obama.
When addressing the Republican Jewish Coalition, Giuliani referenced Obama’s offer to speak with the leaders of Venezuela, Cuba, Iran and North Korea:
“Then he went on to explain that Ronald Reagan negotiated with the communists,” said the former Mayor of New York. “I say this most respectfully: You’re not Ronald Reagan, you know?”
Obama’s camp was quick to respond citing Giuliani’s law firm, the Houston-based Bracewell & Giuliani that represents an American subsidiary of an oil company controlled by Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
“Given the hefty fee that Hugo Chavez’s oil company paid Rudy Giuliani’s firm, he apparently thinks we shouldn’t talk to Chavez, but it’s fine to take his money” said a spokes person.
Giuliani will have to do better than this. Running off his record of one good speech and an association with a dead President, the former Mayor is clearly running out of gimmicks. Having contributed absolutely nothing to the political dialogue, Giuliani seems to have his heart set on continuing Bushes failed agenda, and harking back to a President who was only marginally better than the one in office today.
Obama is no Ronald Reagan, and he is certainly no Rudolph Giuliani. And this is something he should be distinctly proud of.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.