Monday, October 15, 2007

How To Annoy Chichester VI

By citing Reagan's "11th Commandment" of "thou shall not attack another Republican," which Rudy cited yesterday :

" ... [Reagan] used to have an 11th commandment, that was 'thou shall not attack another Republican.' I'm going to try to follow that commandment as much as I can."

There's one problem: Reagan didn't follow Reagan's 11th Commandment. In 1976 he launched a brutal presidential primary campaign against his fellow Republican, President Gerald R. Ford, in which he ridiculed and denounced Ford's domestic and foreign policies. The campaign was so divisive that neither man had enough delegates going into the Kansas City convention. Ford barely won the nomination with 1,187 delegates to Reagan's 1,070.