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Thursday, June 10, 2004


DAILY 7: DICK MORRIS; TARANTO ON PRESIDENTS; HADLEY ARKES; ORIN SAYS BUSH CAN WIN LANDSLIDE; BUSH IS LIKE REAGAN; REAGAN & FDR; BUD SELIG 


DICK MORRIS: RON AND BILL
One was obsessed with his public image and reveled in the company of stars and starlets, frequenting Hollywood at every opportunity; the other was self-contained, confident of what he stood for and needed no adoring mobs to satiate his ego or vindicate his sense of self-worth.

It's odd that the former is Bill Clinton and the latter Ronald Reagan.


JAMES TARANTO: WHAT MAKES A PRESIDENT GREAT?
Mr. Lindgren averaged the ratings for each of the 39 presidents (George W. Bush was not yet elected, and William Henry Harrison and James Garfield were omitted because they died shortly after taking office) and divided them into six categories: great, near great, above average, average, below average and failure. The results appeared in November 2000 on OpinionJournal.com and have just been published as a Wall Street Journal book, "Presidential Leadership: Rating the Best and the Worst in the White House," which also includes an essay on each president and several thematic chapters on presidential leadership. (For excerpts, click here.)


HADLEY ARKES: REAGAN'S SENSE
Well, there we had it. As we used to say: Let Reagan be Reagan. His own paths of curiosity, his ways of reflecting about a problem, lingered with questions of principle, and he framed them in ways that were universally accessible.


DEBORAH ORIN: BUSH CAN WIN LANDSLIDE
Like President Bush, Carter faced voters nervous over both the economy and foreign policy and wondering whether it's time for a change — in Carter's case, skyrocketing inflation at home plus the endless Iran hostage crisis.

But there's a big difference, since Carter kept getting bad news on both fronts, while Bush is starting to get good news on both the economy, with a surge in new jobs, and Iraq, with international support for the June 30 transfer of power.


ADMIRERS DRAW PARALLELS FOR REAGAN, GEORGE W. BUSH
Both Mr. Reagan and Mr. Bush were successful two-term governors from big Western states — California and Texas, respectively. Both were most comfortable with a frontier lifestyle of blue jeans, with belt buckles, Western boots and the open range of their ranches where they reveled in clearing brush from the land and repairing fences.


RICH KARLGAARD: RONALD REAGAN IS THE 20TH CENTURY'S GREATEST PRESIDENT
Reagan, no fool, never liked deficits but was not unduly troubled by them, either. He pondered his priorities and took out the loan. Then he shattered the Soviet Union and created the conditions for a doubling of American asset value in eight years. For that, Ronald Reagan is the best president of this century.


BUD SELIG DOESN'T WANT TO CHANGE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS
"We had a serious discussion this past winter. I went into it thinking I want to add two more teams. But the more I looked at it, the more we talked about ititit was so great last October, this time I'm not sure," Selig said before Wednesday night's game between the San Francisco Giants and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. "Everybody is kind of convinced that we'll just let it sit and leave it as it is. Last October was so good, I'm not quite certain that we want to change it."


Update: Discussing these topics are; Club for Growth, Wonkette, Chronically Biased

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