In his tribute to the Gipper today on the Corner, Paul Kengor reminds us that W wasn’t the first Republican president the left demonized. Demonization of prominent Republicans, it’s what the left does:
Reagan was just plain likable. Of all the subjects I’ve studied, few were as universally liked. Sure, Reagan, as president, was demonized by the Left, but that’s what the Left does: indecent, ugly rage. Still, even most liberals muster nice words about Reagan personally.
Central to that likability was Reagan’s humility. The word “I” didn’t dominate his conversation, unless he was poking fun at himself. He was no narcissist. Ronald Reagan was not full of pride; he was thoroughly unpossessed of self-love.
And the Gipper was a plain ol’ nice guy. He didn’t let the barbs of the media–and there were many–get to him. I speculate that it was his lady’s love that made him so strong. The leftists’ barbs bounced right off him because he was confident in his beliefs and strengthened by Nancy’s affection.
He didn’t need love himself; he got all the validation he needed just from one look in his wife’s eyes.
Kengor concludes with an anecdote about the Gipper’s common touch which shows why our Ron was such a great man.