Slate on Reagan

Whoo, didn’t take ’em long:

Ronald Reagan, Party Animal: The man who taught Republicans to be irresponsible, by Tim Noah

What Reagan Got Wrong: Liberty is not the absence of government, by William Saletan

Not Even a Hedgehog: The stupidity of Ronald Reagan, by Christopher Hitchens

The last of these is, of course, much the most entertaining:

I only saw him once up close, which happened to be when he got a question he didn’t like. Was it true that his staff in the 1980 debates had stolen President Carter’s briefing book? (They had.) The famously genial grin turned into a rictus of senile fury: I was looking at a cruel and stupid lizard. His reply was that maybe his staff had, and maybe they hadn’t, but what about the leak of the Pentagon Papers? Thus, a secret theft of presidential documents was equated with the public disclosure of needful information.

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  1. I also have a kind-of soft spot for Destiny, which isn’t great but has a lot of great bits in it. I like the brutality of the moment where the Daleks kill the hostages, and the steadycam work on location, particularly at the end of Episode 3. It’s not as good as Genesis, but it’s trying a lot harder than Planet of the Daleks, and it’s a lot more successful than Death to.

    First season since Season 10 with no story written by Robert Holmes. The next will be the first since Season 5 without a story written by Robert Holmes or Bob Baker.

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