Reagan's 100th anniversary: His overrated accomplishments.

Policy made plain.
Feb. 9 2001 3:00 AM

Reagan's Record

Sorry to spoil the birthday party, but …

This Sunday commemorates the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan, America's (post-Kennedy) Presidential Sweetheart. Though forever embedded in our historical fabric as a swashbuckling Cold War hero, Reagan's contributions may have been only mediocre, to say the least. In 2001, Michael Kinsley argued that Reagan's social integrity may have created an idealized leader. 

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Hey, this is going to take a bigger nutshell than I thought. We'll wrap it up next week. Or maybe we'll wait for the great man's 100th.

Michael Kinsley is a columnist for the Washington Post and the founding editor of Slate.