The Keynote: For several years now, Republicans have been too polite or inarticulate, or both, to say what they really think of the Democratic Party. How clever, then, to find a Democrat to say it for them.
Ronald Reagan got in his digs. But you hardly noticed, so affable were his stories and so disarming was that twinkle in his eye. Even the opposition didn't seem to take offense.
Ever since Reagan, GOP standard-bearers have seemed either reluctant to mix it up or ill-suited to the task.