Friday, March 30, 2012

Annals of Sycophancy

Rick Santorum sucks up to the Reagan legacy:

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) will deliver an address on foreign policy Thursday afternoon at the headquarters of Jelly Belly Candy Company in Fairfield, Calif.

The choice of venue is an homage to Ronald Reagan, whose fondness for the candies was well known. Reagan, who famously kept a jar of the candies on his desk in the Oval Office, regularly received Jelly Belly shipments during his tenure as California governor and even sent the first jelly beans into space on the 1983 Challenger shuttle.

Far be it from me to take the candy away from the baby, but if Mr. Santorum really wants to emulate the legacy of Ronald Reagan — the real one, not the fictional “Ronald Reagan” that the GOP has sanctified and sanitized — he’ll raise taxes eleven times, including one of the largest in history; he’ll sit down with Democrats and come up with compromises; and he’ll try to come up with an immigration policy that allows for amnesty instead of deportation. Whoops; those are all things that Mr. Santorum staunchly opposes.