Dionne Tries the Reagan Comparison
Badly, of course
Yes, Obama gets his crowds swooning. So did Reagan. It's laughable to hear conservatives talk darkly about a "cult of personality" around Obama. The Reaganites, after all, have lobbied to name every airport, school, library, road, bridge, government building and lamppost after the Gipper. When it comes to personality cults, the right wing knows what it's talking about.
What's the difference, class? That's right, the conservatives did their swooning after the fact. After we'd seen what he was like as a president.