Gerald Ford has died...
December 27, 2006 12:14 AM
...but the big question for me is, how will the media react to this? I think they will be inclined to try to turn it into a Big Deal, because of the way the public reacted to Ronald Reagan's death a few years ago. They'll feel like they have to give Gerald Ford equal time. And, they'll be doing it as a back-handed jab at Reagan, who they never really liked. See, they will say. Every ex-President's death is a big deal.
But I think they'll find that it's not. With all respect to Gerald Ford--who was certainly a nice man--Reagan was in a different league.
Relatedly, a bit of NBS trivia:
Q: What was NBS's earliest political memory?
A: It was campaigning for Ronald Reagan, by licking stamps and stuffing envelopes in my parents' living room. This was not in 1984, when Reagan was running for re-election. Or in 1980, when Reagan secured the Republican nomination, and beat Jimmy Carter.
No, this was in 1976, when Reagan challenged the incumbent--Gerald Ford--for the Republican nomination. I was 3. Ford won the nomination, then lost to Carter. And then, I remember sitting in a hot station wagon, waiting in line for gas.