[Photo of Ron Reagan via Webshots]
The move of Ronald Reagan's chief of staff to Obama is "old" news, but still important for it illuminates the tragic poverty of John McCain's ideas and John McCain's campaign.
Ronald Reagan has become the icon of the frenetic kooks on the right. Thus, the "conversion" of his former chief of staff from McCain-iac to Obama-ite, is a powerful symbol of the devastation of the Bush years and the desire by such as Kenneth Duberstein to distance themselves from that wreckage. Duberstein, in announcing he would be voting for Senator Barack Obama, noted he was influenced, to some extent, by Colin Powell's endorsement of Obama.
But, like almost all the Republicans who have jumped on the Obama bandwagon, Duberstein also referred to McCain's choice for vice president. "What most Americans, I think, realize," he said, "is that you don't offer a job, let alone the vice presidency, to a person after one job interview. Even at McDonald's, you're interviewed three times before you're given a job."
In other words, McCain's first "executive" decision was an unmitigated disaster! Not a good sign!
October 31. Ron Reagan, the son of the fabled "B" movie actor and screen warrior of the right, has endorsed Barack Obama for president.
In a September interview with Worldnetdaily, Ron said he doubted that his father would have supported Sarah Palin; that he would be opposed to most of what she stands for; and implied that his father would have considered her "foreign policy" experience inadequate.
Me hopes the old man is spinning in his grave!