So after my post about Sarah Palin's TLC show yesterday, I sat down with my son to watch a movie. My father had given me a history movie to watch with the kids. I thought for some reason that it was about WWII, but it turned out to be about Ronald Reagan. The topic still fit my need for a little Social Studies so we watched anyway.
The film was actually Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny hosted by Newt and Callista Gingrich. I cannot even tell you what a great retrospective it was on his life, his character, and all he accomplished. There were a few points I actually found myself crying. But as I was watching it, I found myself thinking of my post about Palin. Her renegade and rough and tumble attitude seemed mightily reflected in Reagan. I even learned that between Reagan's first run for presidency (He lost the primary to Barry Goldwater) and his second, Reagan hosted a radio show, which the commentators noted may have led to his win in the second election because the electorate was so familiar with Reagan and his ideals. See I wasn't wrong in my comment yesterday "genius or insane", maybe I should have just left it at genius.
Certainly there are a fair share of differences too, but Reagan and Palin come from a similar ideology and both have a bit of a take it or leave it attitude. Wouldn't it be great to have another great president? One that we could really be proud of and admire?
One of the most interesting comments about Reagan was that many people thought of him being from the far right, but that he actually governed from center right. And he was not afraid to cross the isle to get things accomplished, but knew when to stand his ground. I think in Sarah's background we can surely see that this is her way.
Could Sarah be our Reagan again? I figure it won't be too long before the race begins again and we'll see.