By Nikki Schwab, Washington Whispers
He was a popular president then, and he's definitely a popular president now. But not everyone thought history would look so kindly on Ronald Reagan. Take author Steven Hayward, for example. "I was sure even 10 years ago that Reagan would end up not eulogized but 'Coolidge-ized,' " Hayward said at the American Enterprise Institute this week. "Like the once popular president in the 1920s, Reagan would fair poorly at the hands of the media-academic complex." This served as inspiration for Hayward, who started writing his first book, The Age of Reagan, 1964-1980: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order, in the late 1990s and has a second thick volume due out in August. And after writing 1,616 pages on Reagan, Hayward says the Gipper remains popular. "I'm sure I'm not the only person who has been surprised when over the last decade an unexpected thing happened—Reagan's reputation started to soar and even liberals started to like him," Hayward says. That should be a good prologue for George W. Bush, who liberals hope history trashes.
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