Michael Reagan says that despite reports in the media about bad blood between the Sarah Palin and John McCain camps, Palin is not the reason McCain lost the presidential election to Barack Obama.
The radio talk show host, Newsmax columnist and son of President Ronald Reagan, says several of McCain’s top aides, who have been making a lot of noise of late, are wrong in accusing Palin of causing the GOP candidate’s defeat.
“Palin is not the reason that John McCain lost,” Reagan tells Newsmax. “The reason John McCain lost is because of George Bush and his lack of leadership in Washington, D.C. with his own party — his lack of leadership in reaching out to conservatives members of his own party to get their help and be able to talk with them to move this government forward.”
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Reagan says responsibility for McCain’s loss — as well as the overall trouncing of the GOP Tuesday night — lies more with President George W. Bush.
“This goes on George Bush, not on Sarah Palin,” Reagan points out. “She should not be blamed. If anything, she helped the McCain candidacy by, in fact, bringing the base together to support someone on that ticket. I’m mad that they did not allow Sarah Palin to be Sarah Palin maybe as much as she should have.”
Reagan says he was not surprised by the results of the election and admits he expected it: “I think most of us really did expect Barack Obama to win the presidency over John McCain.”
Reagan, who says “it’s great” that America elected its first black president, disagrees with the policies Obama spoke of during the campaign and hopes much of what Obama campaigned on will turn out to be a lie just to get elected.
“The Democrats have been saying for a long time that Bush lied and people died. And we’ve been fighting back saying, ‘no, Bush didn’t lie,’” Reagan says.
“In the case of Barack Obama, I hope during the whole campaign, all the things he promised to do I hope was a lie. I’d hate to actually see him put these things into place… and I’ll fight tooth and nail to stop him from putting these things in place.
“But, do I think it’s good for America that a black man was elected president of the United States? Absolutely. I just disagree with his policies.”
Reagan says that with the most left-wing president in history, coupled together with hard-core liberals controlling Congress, America is on the fast track to socialism.
“If Barack Obama is allowed to institute all the things he talked about, we are in to socialism. But let’s be honest, the Republicans under George Bush have been ‘socialism lite,’” Reagan explains.
“If you really look at what’s been going on in Washington — a $700 billion dollar bailout, nationalizing of this, nationalizing of that — [you find] we have gotten away from where Ronald Reagan was. We have gotten away from the roots of the Republican Party. We [the Republican Party] have moved toward socialism. Maybe that’s why we recognize it in Barack Obama.”
Reagan says the Republican Party needs to get back to its roots and rebuild the party from the bottom up.
“It’s time for [the GOP leadership] to leave and allow a new group of conservative leaders to go to the top of this party and lead this party into the future under the banner of Ronald Reagan and true conservative politics. Not the conservative banner, if you will, of George Bush, who is more like Rockefeller than Reagan.”
Reagan says with a Democratic president, House and Senate, bringing back the Fairness Doctrine — which can be used as an insidious effort to muzzle conservative radio talk show hosts like him — concerns him greatly, but is all but a done deal.
“The Republicans can’t stop them,” Reagan says. “The Republicans can’t stop them at all. You’re talking about 176 people in the House, and barely any of us can breathe in the Senate of the United States with the great gap between Democrats and Republicans in the Senate. No, if they [the Democrats] want to pass it, they will pass it. And the president of the United States will, in fact, sign it.”
Reagan’s great worry is not Barack Obama as much as it is Harry Reid [D-Nev.] and Nancy Pelosi [D-Calif.] controlling the House and Senate.
“Everything that they’ve ever wanted to do to get back at conservatives they have in line to pass,” Reagan says. “They now have a president after January 20 of next year who will most likely sign these laws into law, which will hurt us, in our business, to be able to speak out against the policies of the leftist, radical government that’s going to be taking over. And it’s been radical for a long time with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barney Frank [D-Mass.], Maxine Waters [D-Calif.], Christopher Dodd [D-Conn.], and what have you. Now they have a president who will, in fact, rubber stamp their radicalism. That worries me.”
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