Reagan, Putin, And The Destruction Of The Modern Republican Party
June 28, 2024
John Harwood
Washington D.C., USA

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For most of the last half-century, Ronald Reagan defined Republicans as the party of patriotic spirit, a bulwark of American democracy against authoritarian menace.  The 41st president contrasted our “shining city on a hill” with Moscow’s “evil empire.” 


Long after the demise of the Soviet Union, Reagan’s successor, George W. Bush, dedicated his presidency to ending tyranny through the spread of democratic traditions around the world.  


This makes it especially hard for me to process the whipsaw that has placed the GOP and its leader in the opposite position: hostile to democracy, friendly to authoritarians, aligned with Moscow in its aggression against Ukraine.

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