Baseball Crank
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June 29, 2016
POLITICS: In Harlem, Democrats Trade Race Cards and Voter Suppression Charges

NRO: In Harlem, Democrats Trade Race Cards and Voter Suppression Charges

Posted by Baseball Crank at 11:43 AM | Politics 2016 • | Writings Elsewhere
June 28, 2016
POLITICS: No, This Is Not How We Got Trump

NRO: No, This Is Not How We Got Trump

Posted by Baseball Crank at 4:00 AM | Politics 2016 • | Writings Elsewhere
June 27, 2016
POLITICS: The Crazy People Have Taken Charge of the Democratic Party

NRO: The Crazy People Have Taken Charge of the Democratic Party

Posted by Baseball Crank at 11:49 PM | Politics 2016 • | Writings Elsewhere
POLITICS: Donald Trump's One-Day Fundraising Haul Is Probably Bogus

NRO: Donald Trump's One-Day Fundraising Haul Is Probably Bogus

Posted by Baseball Crank at 4:34 PM | Politics 2016 • | Writings Elsewhere
POLITICS/LAW: 'Borking' Shows Why Senators Matter

NRO: 'Borking' Shows Why Senators Matter

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:33 PM | History • | Law 2009-Present • | Politics 2016 • | Writings Elsewhere
June 24, 2016
WAR/POLITICS: What If The Orlando Shooter Wasn't Gay After All?

NRO: What If The Orlando Shooter Wasn't Gay After All?

Posted by Baseball Crank at 11:00 PM | Politics 2016 • | War 2007-Present • | Writings Elsewhere
June 23, 2016
POLITICS: Has Britain Declared Independence?

NRO: Has Britain Declared Independence?

Posted by Baseball Crank at 11:00 PM | Politics 2016 • | War 2007-Present • | Writings Elsewhere
June 22, 2016
POLITICS: Patrick Murphy Is a Fraud

NRO: Patrick Murphy Is a Fraud

Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:45 PM | Politics 2016 • | Writings Elsewhere
June 21, 2016
LAW/POLITICS: Federal Investigation of Bill De Blasio Fundraising Yields NYPD Indictments

NRO: Federal Investigation of Bill De Blasio Fundraising Yields NYPD Indictments

Posted by Baseball Crank at 1:53 PM | Law 2009-Present • | Politics 2016
LAW/POLITICS: Is There Anything to a Lawsuit Accusing Donald Trump of Raping a 13-Year-Old Girl with Bill Clinton's Billionaire Sex Buddy?

NRO: Is There Anything to a Lawsuit Accusing Donald Trump of Raping a 13-Year-Old Girl with Bill Clinton's Billionaire Sex Buddy?

Posted by Baseball Crank at 1:03 PM | Law 2009-Present • | Politics 2016 • | Writings Elsewhere
RELIGION/LAW/POLITICS: The New York Daily News Smears Catholic Bishop with a Bogus Bribe Charge

NRO: The New York Daily News Smears Catholic Bishop with a Bogus Bribe Charge

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:38 PM | Law 2009-Present • | Politics 2016 • | Religion • | Writings Elsewhere
June 15, 2016
BASEBALL: Ichiro Suzuki: A Hit King, But Not The Hit King

NRO: Ichiro Suzuki: A Hit King, But Not The Hit King

Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:42 PM | Baseball 2012-Present • | Writings Elsewhere
POLITICS/HISTORY: Re-Imagining Russell Kirk

NRO: Re-Imagining Russell Kirk

Posted by Baseball Crank at 5:41 PM | History • | Politics 2016 • | Writings Elsewhere
LAW/POLITICS: Six Thoughts on Free Speech and the Bankruptcy of Gawker

NRO: Six Thoughts on Free Speech and the Bankruptcy of Gawker

Posted by Baseball Crank at 2:44 PM | Law 2009-Present • | Politics 2016 • | Writings Elsewhere
POLITICS: How Bad Are Trump's National Polls? Some History.

NRO: How Bad Are Trump's National Polls? Some History.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 11:56 AM | History • | Politics 2016 • | Poll Analysis • | Writings Elsewhere
June 14, 2016
WAR/RELIGION: There Is No Radical Christianity That Compares to Radical Islam

NRO: There Is No Radical Christianity That Compares to Radical Islam

Posted by Baseball Crank at 2:01 PM | Religion • | War 2007-Present • | Writings Elsewhere
June 10, 2016
POLITICS: Donald Trump Is Down 46-35 To Hillary Clinton In His Favorite Poll

NRO: Donald Trump Is Down 46-35 To Hillary Clinton In His Favorite Poll

Posted by Baseball Crank at 5:59 PM | Politics 2016 • | Poll Analysis • | Writings Elsewhere
POLITICS: Could The GOP Convention Dump Trump for Scott Walker?

NRO: Could The GOP Convention Dump Trump for Scott Walker?

Posted by Baseball Crank at 1:38 PM | Politics 2016 • | Writings Elsewhere
June 9, 2016
POLITICS/LAW: With Obama's Endorsement of Hillary Clinton, He Should Appoint a Special Prosecutor

NRO: With Obama's Endorsement of Hillary Clinton, He Should Appoint a Special Prosecutor

Posted by Baseball Crank at 2:44 PM | Law 2009-Present • | Politics 2016 • | Writings Elsewhere
June 8, 2016
POLITICS/HISTORY: A Few More Words About Zachary Taylor and Donald Trump

NRO: A Few More Words About Zachary Taylor and Donald Trump

Posted by Baseball Crank at 7:13 PM | History • | Politics 2016 • | Writings Elsewhere
POLITICS: Yes, Hillary Clinton's $12,000 Jacket Makes Her a Hypocrite about Income Inequality

NRO: Yes, Hillary Clinton's $12,000 Jacket Makes Her a Hypocrite about Income Inequality

Posted by Baseball Crank at 1:05 PM | Politics 2016 • | Writings Elsewhere
POLITICS: With a Little Effort, Donald Trump Could Have Appealed to Conservatives

NRO: With a Little Effort, Donald Trump Could Have Appealed to Conservatives

Posted by Baseball Crank at 4:00 AM | Politics 2016 • | Writings Elsewhere
June 7, 2016
POLITICS: A Farewell To RedState

RS: A Farewell To RedState

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:37 PM | Blog 2006-Present • | Politics 2016 • | Writings Elsewhere
June 4, 2016
HISTORY/POLITICS: Politico Sells Zachary Taylor Short

NRO: Politico Sells Zachary Taylor Short

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:56 AM | History • | Politics 2016 • | Writings Elsewhere
June 2, 2016
POLITICS: We Get the Candidates Our Undignified Media Deserve

LA Times: We get the candidates our undignified media deserve

Posted by Baseball Crank at 9:02 AM | In Print • | Politics 2016 • | Writings Elsewhere
POLITICS/HISTORY: No, Ronald Reagan Didn't Launch His 1980 Campaign in Philadelphia, MS

RS: No, Ronald Reagan Didn't Launch His 1980 Campaign in Philadelphia, MS

Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, left, moves through the crowd shaking hands at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Mississippi on Sunday, August 3, 1980. There crowd was estimated at 20,000. (AP Photo/Jack Thornell)

One of the wearying things about arguing with liberal/progressives is that they never stop trying to rewrite history; a bogus claim that is debunked only stays debunked if you keep at debunking it year after year after year. So it is with the hardy perennial effort to tar the reputation of Ronald Reagan by claiming that his 1980 presidential campaign and subsequent two-term presidency was tainted from the outset by having kicked off his campaign with a speech about "states' rights" in Philadelphia, Mississippi - Nation editor Katrina Vanden Heuvel was retailing this one on ABC's Sunday show The Week just two weeks ago, trying to compare Reagan to Donald Trump:

There's all this nostalgia about Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan announced his candidacy in Philadelphia, Mississippi, the site for where three civil rights workers were killed by white supremacists.

There are many other sources that assert this as fact - see, for example, this Huffington Post column from April by Nicolaus Mills, Professor of American Studies, Sarah Lawrence College:
[I]n going to Patchogue, Long Island this coming Thursday to speak at a controversial Republican fundraiser, Trump is taking a page out of the Ronald Reagan playbook. He's following the path that Reagan took in 1980 when he began his presidential campaign at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

Long Island? Forget it, he's rolling. More examples from one presidential cycle to the next can be found from David Greenberg at Slate, William Raspberry in the Washington Post, Paul Krugman and Bob Herbert in the New York Times, and so on. Wikipedia even has a page for "Reagan's Neshoba County Fair "states' rights" speech".

Where to begin? This particular canard has so many things wrong with it, I feel obligated to set them all down in sequence. Hopefully, doing so here should - at least for a little while - collect the context in one place.

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Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:15 AM | History • | Politics 2016 • | Writings Elsewhere