Republican Convention Nostalgia

I’m rather fond of this speech by Ronald Reagan at the 1992 Republican Convention, which was the last major address that he gave.  It was overshadowed by Pat Buchanan’s “culture war” speech, but it contains all of the elements that made him more persuasive than anyone you’ll hear this week.

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  1. A.J. Sutter says:

    My own favorite Republican convention memory dates to 1968 (unless it was 1964), when networks broadcast the whole thing, live — and NY Governor Nelson Rockefeller appeared near the podium before the session came to order, flashing his famous megawatt grin at somebody off-camera, while giving them the finger. They don’t make ’em like that anymore, in any sense.

    The NYT’s comparison of the 1980 and 2012 GOP platforms is also quite interesting: . Unfortunately, they don’t make ’em like that anymore, either.