As president, the secret to Reagan’s success wasn’t his consistency; it was his practicality. This was a lesson lost to Reagan’s critics as well as his loyalists. In his own White House, the battle cry of conservative purists was “Let Reagan be Reagan.” This slogan had the unintended effect of underestimating Reagan’s talent, and what it came to symbolize has been the downfall of more than one would-be Reagan imitator. In 2008, Mitt Romney, was one of those candidates who fell into the trap of trying to emulate Reagan rather than rely on his own (considerable) talents.
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