Paul Campos says that Donald Trump is the “Reagan Revolution on steroids.”
Jeet Heer compares Trump supporters to Reagan Democrats
Others feel that Trump’s nomination is a rejection of Reagan
Geoff Colvin thinks that Trump has turned his back on Reagan
Rod Dreher calls Trump a “Reaganslayer.”
And these are just some of the Reagan-Trump comparisons that were made THIS WEEK.
I would suggest that there is another way Trump may be the next Reagan. It hit me today when I listened to Marco Rubio talk to Jake Tapper on CNN. Rubio says he will support the “Republican nominee” (he did not mention Trump by name) but was clearly not happy about it. It was obvious that he had his future in mind and was hedging his bets.
As Gloria Borger just said, “If Trump wins, the other GOP candidates do not want to be blamed for not supporting him enough, but if Trump loses the other GOP candidates want to rise up from the ashes.”
For the past twenty-five years, conservative GOP presidential candidates have claimed the mantle of Reagan with a fierce sense of loyalty and nostalgia. For the next twenty-five years, GOP candidates will be judged–for good or for bad–in light of where they stood on the Trump candidacy in 2016.
In 2020 or 2024 (and beyond) presidential candidates will be talking a lot more about Trump than Reagan.