I don’t remember a lot about Reagan’s first election except that I was the only kid in my elementary school class that voted for Carter (note: my parents were probably one of three Democratic families in my small Utah town). I do remember how much the Mormon people seemed to love him to the point of a cult-like following similar to what you have with GAs. I don’t remember that same sort of worship for either Bush and certainly not for Clinton or Obama.

So was Reagan as good as I remember Mormons thinking he was (or was it just that he was a complete shift from Carter that the world was excited)? Why does he still matter? Why do politicians still invoke his memory to try to influence voters? He seems to have that achieved that unique and special status that others like Kennedy and Roosevelt…