John McCaslin

The former publisher of Regnery Publishing, who produced 22 New York Times best-sellers during his tenure, has written one of his own books.

Alfred S. Regnery, the publisher of the American Spectator, has a new book out. "Upstream: The Ascendance of American Conservatism," examines, among others who played pivotal roles in the rise of conservative thought, the nation's 40th president, Ronald Reagan.

"Reagan was a revolutionary because — particularly in the midst of the post-Vietnam, post-Carter doldrums — he believed that the American people could handle their problems without the help of government; by the time he left the presidency, self-sufficiency had become the dominant attitude of the American people," Mr. Regnery explains.

And as for waging military battle to effect change, the author recalls a speech Mr. Reagan delivered early in his administration at West Point in which he quoted Sun Tzu: "To subdue the enemy without firing a shot was the ultimate goal of war."

"In 1984," Mr. Regnery notes, "the American people showed their approval by re-electing him by the largest electoral college margin of any president since Franklin Roosevelt."

I'll nuke yah

Peter Weeks, one of many Inside the Beltway readers who planned to watch last night's State of the Union address, had this to say about our commander-in-chief's way with words, including "nukular":

"Although I frequently chuckle when I hear President Bush mangle words ... it was even worse when President Carter, a former Naval officer in the nuclear program, pronounced it as 'nuke-yah.' "

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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