DURST: The Hood Ornament President
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In the perfect ironically twisted ending to the Reagan legacy, conservatives are wringing their hands and crying in the street because Edmund Morris' long awaited new biography of Ronald Reagan provides little or no insight into the man. Hello?! You can't high dive into a sidewalk puddle, people. Face it, most Presidents are figureheads, Reagan was a hood ornament. He had the intellectual depth of a ashtray.The guy was an actor, for crum's sake. Trained to read other people's lines. If he had been good at writing and delivering his own lines, he would have been a comic (heh heh heh).Wasn't even a good actor. Turned down Bogart's part in the movie "Casablanca." Imagine how history would have changed if he had taken the part. Bogart might have been President. Of course, "Casablanca" would have been a crappy movie.I mean, a society has to have priorities. After Hinckley's assassination attempt, Uncle Ron didn't even know he was shot. I don't know about you, but I'd prefer future Presidents come fully equipped with central nervous systems. Even a single cell animal knows he's been injured. Even paramecium go "Oww." And this is the guy everybody is saying George W Bush reminds them of. We should be so lucky. If they wanted a blank slate that bad you'd think every effort would have been made to keep Quayle in the race.Will Durst misses Danny Boy already.