So it was like Duran Duran compared to the Sex Pistols
Andrew Sullivan on Ronald Reagan:
But as a performance in general, Reagan's was an exemplum of style and class, after a decade of tackiness and grime.
UPDATE: We expect that Sullywatch is going to have more to say about Sullivan's article, not least because it continues his comical tendency to stage his acts of defiance of totalitarianism from, shall we say, sheltered locations. So in this article:
I remember a crisp sunny day in Cambridge [Mass., but it might as well be the shire] after the bombing of Libya in retaliation for terrorism. I was exultant. Others were outraged...I remember seeing a cover-story in The New York Times at the time  by Johnny Apple: "Why Is This Man So Popular?" I remember laughing out loud at it in a sandwich shop in Georgetown [DC], and thinking, not for the last time, "How Can Some Liberals Be So Dumb?"
This from a member of the crowd that loves to invoke Churchill at every opportunity, who told the British people that "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat." Fine, but how about a capuccino?