The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: A Conversation with Reagan

The Presidency

Ronald Reagan was talking about changing American politics for generations. "A political party isn't a fraternity," he said. "It isn't something like the old school tie that you wear. You band together in a political party because of certain beliefs of what Government should be. Now, if Democrats have come to believe in the same things Republicans believe in, then there should be an amalgam of those two elements of the parties." Shades of F.D.R., who once secretly communicated with Wendell Willkie about changing the parties into conservatives and liberals.

A slight smile, the soft, husky Reagan voice. Almost gentle. And...

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