Running Out of Easy Answers

Reagan's wizardry as a politician is his problem as President

Is Ronald Reagan losing his seemingly unerring touch? After one of the President's most trying weeks, TIME's Washington bureau chief analyzes why Reagan is running into trouble on a number of fronts.

There is a common denominator to Ronald Reagan's current cluster of setbacks in domestic and foreign policy: his penchant for proposing simple solutions to complex problems has finally caught up with him. By no means is this feature of his difficulties bound to prove fatal to him politically; nor is it a function of his conservative ideology. Rather, it is the downside of his wizardry as a politician and...

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