Monday, July 16, 2012

News Archive: Politics is bustin' out all over

While taking a larger look at political trends across the nation in early 1965, Jack Bell reported on what may be interpreted as an early bit of evidence for the Republican Establishment’s attempts to marginalize Ronald Reagan.  

Bell’s take was that then-House Republican leader (and future presidential primary opponent, Gerald Ford) was essentially telling Reagan to stay in California if he had any serious political aspirations of his own.  While acknowledging that Reagan’s national speaking tour on behalf of 1964 GOP presidential nominee Barry Goldwater made a great impact in states such as Michigan and Illinois, Ford nevertheless told an assembled news conference, “We  Republicans don’t’ believe in carpet-bagging like the Democrats do.”

Could this be the first recorded instance of national-level "Reagan envy"?

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