Viewing with Alarm

The TV commercial opens with a bespectacled attorney The TV commercial opens with a bespectacled attorney reading a last will and testament. Incongruously present are the not so dear departed, hugely enjoying themselves as the lawyer tells the grieving heirs: "To Ronald Reagan we leave a recession, inflation at 12.4% and rising, gas prices sky high." Chortling merrily at the dubious bequest are—could it be? — Democrats Jimmy Carter and Tip O'Neill.

Well, not exactly. The 30-second spot, which was shown on 59 stations last week, features Actors Ed Beheler and Edwin Steffe, who bear uncanny resemblances to the former President and...

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