The Teflon President's Teflon Coattails

The Democrats take the Senate, but have they turned the Reagan tide?

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40th President of the United States Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan loves to speak of dreamers. Of Founding Fathers who dreamed of creating a free nation, of immigrants who came to America dreaming of a better life. Though he rarely says so explicitly, the President has entertained a grand vision of his own: to transform American politics. In his dream, the "Reagan revolution" that began six years ago would culminate in a massive political realignment, one that would make the Republicans the majority party and pull down the curtain on half a century of liberal government activism.

In pursuit of that goal, the President this fall traveled to 16 states,...

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