Ronald Reagan has, rightly, become synonymous with American conservatism.
In every Republican debate, as they try to out-conservative one another, candidates inevitably compare themselves to Reagan. It admittedly hasn’t been quite as common this election cycle — but then again, Trump did steal his campaign slogan from Reagan.
America’s conservative voice on radio, Rush Limbaugh, realizes we’re never going to see another Reagan, but there’s one candidate he thinks is pretty close.
Via the Daily Caller:
Rush Limbaugh says that Sen. Ted Cruz “is the closest in our lifetimes we have ever been to Ronald Reagan.”
Wednesday on “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” Limbaugh suggested, “In terms of doctrinaire, understandable, articulated, implementable conservatism, there’s nobody closer,” than Cruz to Reagan.
Limbaugh said, “Here, let me just say something right off the bat, and I’ve said this before. I opened the program with it yesterday,” Limbaugh said. “When I saw what Jeb and Kasich were doing in New Hampshire at the last minute in order to get votes, they were going left as fast as Deion Sanders can back-pedal. They were moving left faster than anybody I’ve ever seen go left. And I opened the program yesterday saying you will never ever have to worry about that with Ted Cruz.
“And then I expanded on it. Let me say one [thing]: if conservatism is your bag, if conservatism is the dominating factor in how you vote, there is no other choice for you in this campaign than Ted Cruz because you are exactly– this is the closest in our lifetimes we have ever been to Ronald Reagan,” Limbaugh insisted. “In terms of doctrinaire, understandable, articulated, implementable conservatism, there’s nobody closer.”
Kasich recently got an endorsement from The New York Times – so we can all be pretty sure of the one candidate who isn’t the next Reagan.
Now, before y’all accuse us of taking sides, we’re not; we’re simply reporting here.
What do you folks think about Rush’s assessment?
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]