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Peggy Noonan: Ronald Reagan Wouldn’t Make It In Today’s Fundie GOP

296455527_677faeaf33_m.jpgThis again.

The Republican race looks–at the moment–to be determined primarily by one thing, the question of religious faith. In my lifetime faith has been a significant issue in presidential politics, but not the sole determinative one. Is that changing? If it is, it is not progress.

I wonder if our old friend Ronald Reagan could rise in this party, this environment… I’m just not sure he’d be pure enough to make it in this party. I’m not sure he’d be considered good enough.

I’m not sure either. It’s funny, though, Nooner. Were you worried about this in 1998, when you wrote,

Reagan had an old-fashioned sense that Americans could do any good thing if God blessed the effort. Removing expansionary communism from the world stage was a right and good thing, and why would God not smile upon it?

Amen! Why wouldn’t God love putting SRBMs in West Germany, invading Grenada, cutting taxes for the rich and spending a zillion dollars on Star Wars? No-brainer.

Look, Nooner, for the sake of your own mental health — stop this endless hand-wringing over your party’s implosion immediately. You know perfectly well that St. Ronnie rode the fundies into power in 1980 and 1984 with comments like this:

Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.

That’s pretty much what Willard said last week: "freedom requires religion." Nothing’s changed in the GOP at all, except for the fact that you’re losing elections and money.

Stop whining about it. You loved it when it worked.

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