That’s the way Lou Cannon was once described on television. (Jay can’t remember exactly by whom, but he thinks it was Al Hunt.) Cannon, the veteran journalist and author, has written a slew of books about Reagan, beginning in the 1960s. Jay wanted to talk to him about the recent eruption over Reagan and race. (Jay himself wrote about the issue – quoting Cannon at length – here.) In addition to this question, Cannon discusses the Tea Party movement (2009-16), Donald Trump, and the Democratic presidential field.

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  1. GFHandle Member

    I’m reading Joseph Wood Krutch’s critical study of Samuel Johnson, which is reminding me that in many ways it is no honor to be compared with James Boswell: he is seen by most observers as a vain popinjay without much in the way of scruple or self-awareness. Still, he is immortal for his Life (not life) and that is what is meant, I’m sure.

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