Dear Charlie,It's almost as handy as pulling Bin Laden out of wherever he's hiding. And Bush's people aren't afraid to say so, either:
America has lost one of its greatest leaders. President Reagan's optimism and vision restored America's spirit and helped to spread freedom and democracy.
On behalf of President Bush's campaign I would like to offer our sincerest condolences to Nancy Reagan and the Reagan family. Our nation mourns with you.
In this time of mourning, I encourage you to go to www.GeorgeWBush.com to read some of President Reagan's greatest speeches.
"Even in his death, Ronald Reagan's timing is incredible," said one leading GOP insider, who -- like many interviewed for this story -- spoke on condition of anonymity. "He offers the chance for Bush to resurrect himself. ''At least no one can accuse me of fostering a left-wing conspiracy theory.
As far as those "greatest speeches" go, does it matter to anyone that Reagan performed them -- ably, to be sure -- but did not write them?
Why not stream the performances instead of giving Peggy Noonan and the rest of the speechwriters short shrift?