I know that, to a lot of people, Reagan, Gingrich and Bush are the anti-christ.
But I really see fundamental differences between them. I have respect for Gingrich and Reagan that I do not have for George W. Bush. And yes, I think Gingrich had a scuzzy personal life... But I feel that the party as led by W. has betrayed the small government ideals of Gingrich's "Republican Revolution" and I continually find it flat out offensive to compare W. to Reagan, who actually did appeal to a segment of Democrats and if nothing else was a thousand times the orator that W. will ever be.
1. Is it fair to call George W. Bush the successor to Reagan?
2. Are Gingrich and George W. more comparable or in conflict regarding the ethos of American conservatism?
My feeling is that they all look alike to liberals and that Bush supporters are eager to smooth over the differences. But the differences seem disturbingly stark to me. If you don't mind, particularly if you're not a regular here, I'd like those of you who respond to consider how your own political views may impact your answers.