"[Reagan] had decades of experience in public life. He was president of his union, he campaigned for presidential candidates, he served two terms as governor of California — and that was not a ceremonial office as it is in Texas. And he had already run for president, against Ford in ’76, nearly unseating the sitting president in his own party. He knew where he was coming from, he had spent years thinking and speaking about his views. He didn’t have to ask Dick Cheney what he thought.
"Sure, [Reagan] wasn’t a technocrat like Clinton. But [he] was a man — that’s the difference between him and Bush. To paraphrase Jack Palance, [he] crapped bigger ones than George Bush."
"The big elephant sitting in the corner is that George W. Bush is simply unqualified for the job… What’s his accomplishment? That he’s no longer an obnoxious drunk?"
– Ronald Reagan, Jr. in a 2003 Salon interview.