The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Why the Criticisms Don't Stick

The Presidency

The notion that Ronald Reagan by some alchemy is a "Teflon President," one with some sort of magical resistance to being stained by his own actions, is a natural precipitate of the high-tech political generation. The idea is glitzy, and probably wrong. .

The popularity of the Reagan presidency and every other one is better explained by basic physics. The specific gravity of Reagan's achievements still is greater than that of his failures. If the balance changes in the dark of some night in these next months, then every goof he has ever made, every policy that has failed, every miniscandal...

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