It might just be a neocon’s wet dream today, but if Sarah Palin is elected President of the United States next year, I’d say the odds suddenly change in favor of adding Reagan’s ugly mug to Rushmore … ABC News reports on a serious campaign to make it happen:
Ask the most passionate admirers of former President Ronald Reagan to rate the greatness of his legacy, and they’ll likely put him in the company of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt.
While Congress debated and ultimately rejected that idea in 1999, the concept still tickles conservatives, who see the question — should Reagan be on Rushmore? — as an entree to discussing the former president’s clout.
“Is he of that stature? The answer is yes,” said Grover Norquist, chairman of the Reagan Legacy Project. “Reagan was the most successful president of the twentieth century. He took a country that was in economic collapse and militarily in retreat around the globe and turned it completely around.”
Norquist, who led the effort to rename Washington’s National Airport after Reagan, has been using the president’s centennial anniversary to make a renewed push to bring the Reagan name and likeness to every county in all 50 states.
“In South Dakota, Reagan deserves a mountain carving of his own, like Crazy Horse,” he said, referring to the Native American leader who has a monument down the road from Rushmore.
Reagan already has more than 100 official physical namesakes in at least 27 states and four countries, according to a list compiled by the National Archives through January 2010…
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