February 14, 2007

Be My (Political) Valentine

National Review asked a number of political junkies to identify their political "Valentines" as a celebration of Valentine's Day today. Top-drawer conservative writers such as Mona Charen, Lucianne Goldberg, and Kathryn Jean Lopez all contribute to the symposium, and were kind enough to include me as well. I don't think CQ readers will find themselves shocked at my choice:

One never forgets their first love, and it serves as a comparison for those that follow. For me, politics has been no different. While I have appreciated political figures over the years, such as Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, and John McCain (who I supported in 2000), none have ever had the same effect on me.

Perhaps, someday, another Reagan will appear. Until then, I’ll remember the man who inspired my love of politics.

Interestingly, this was the only Valentine received by the Gipper. Lady Margaret Thatcher got three of them, including one from my friend Paul Mirengoff of Power Line. Be sure to read them all.

Addendum: I'm glad I decided to forego my initial urge to make it a satirical piece and feature Amanda Marcotte.

Also, via Michelle, my real valentine:


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