Craig Shirley

Reagan's Lesson for Trump

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Reagan did not run against the Democrats. He did not run against the left. He ran against the establishment — at the time dominated by liberal Democrats but not limited to them. If he was to become president, he also had to defeat the Republican establishment of moderates, whose collective blood curdled at the thought of him being elected.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, the 21st Century’s Richard Milhous Nixon

By Craig Shirley, Author and Reagan Biographer
Reagan biographer Craig Shirley puts Hillary Rodham Clinton on the couch and finds that Mrs. Clinton, having gone over 200 days without a press conference, manufacturing an “alt-right” movement that is out to get her and dismissing every criticism as personal seems to be headed well down the Nixonian path.

Nancy and Ronald Reagan: One of the Great Love Stories in History of White House

Craig Shirley, CNS News

Nancy was there in the beginning, even before the beginning. They both said their lives began when they met each other. No one ever doubted it. No one ever doubted their undying devotion to each other.

Craig Shirley: Nancy Secured Ronald Reagan’s Legacy

Jarrett Stepman, Breitbart

Nancy’s largest role was advancing Ronald Reagan’s legacy as he succumbed to Alzheimer’s in the later stages of his life. She not only took care of him, but secured the building of the Reagan Presidential Library and preserved numerous documents that were attached to his life. Shirley said that all the projects to preserve Reagan’s memory to posterity bear “her fingerprints.”

A new history on Reagan’s Last Act

Brent Bozell and Tim Graham, CNS News

Craig Shirley has already written two terrific history books about Ronald Reagan, chronicling the 1976 and 1980 presidential campaigns. Now he has delivered the trifecta: "Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan."

Craig Shirley’s New Must Read Reagan Book: Last Act

In Last Act Craig Shirley has documented important details of the enduring and transcendent legacy of Ronald Reagan. If you want to understand Reagan’s legacy and why and how it has grown since his passing, and how the drama of his funeral help frame that legacy, I urge you to read this book.

A Brief Shining Moment in the Sorry '70s

Craig Shirley, Real Clear Politics

It took courage for three men, Ronald Reagan, Jesse Helms and yes, Joe Biden, to go against their president and go against conventional thinking and stand up for what they thought was right. For Reagan, Helms and Biden, welcoming Alexander Solzhenitsyn to America was a brief, shining and courageous moment.

REAGAN BIOGRAPHER FIRM SIGNS ON FOR COMMUNICATIONS, STRATEGY FOR SCOTT WALKER SUPER PAC

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

Shirley & Banister Public Affairs will be handling strategic communications for Walker’s Super PAC, the Unintimidated PAC, and providing historical context that will prove crucial for the campaign. Since the firm’s two partners—Craig Shirley and Diana Banister—are extraordinarily connected among major players in the conservative movement, they’ll be filling a key gap in Walker’s growing team of influential staffers.

Reagan, Jeb Bush and History

Craig Shirley, Real Clear Politics

In non-incumbent years since 1952, the GOP has always nominated its frontrunner. Now, Jeb Bush is the frontrunner and on the face of things history also appears to favor him as the next president. Except he is suffering from the schism in the GOP created by his brother’s policies. 

Rick Perlstein: Time to ‘Fess Up and Make It Right With Craig Shirley

We were looking forward to Rick Perlstein's new Reagan book, until it came to our attention that much of it isn't exactly new. Allegedly, without proper attribution, it draws heavily on "Reagan's Revolution" by our friend Craig Shirley.

Reagan, Then and Now

Craig Shirley, National Review

Commentators and politicians are underestimating Reagan- again. Some have suggested that Reagan couldn't survive in today’s GOP because he was “a man of his times.” In fact, given his principles, his vision, and his moral convictions, Reagan was a man for all times, for all seasons.

The GOP Civil War

Jamie Radtke, The Bull Elephant

Tea party supporters are not the only ones calling for accountability and removal of these twaddling Repubs. Long-time movement conservative leaders, like Richard Viguerie and Craig Shirley, are strongly behind the efforts to restore the GOP back to its Reagan roots by purging the progressive elements out of our Party.

Reagan Biographer Craig Shirley: GOP Resembles a Crime Family

Craig Shirley, Rush Limbaugh and Pat Caddell think the reason Congress has not gotten to the bottom of the IRS targeting of conservatives and Tea Party movement groups is because the establishment GOP wants the IRS to hobble these groups just as much or more than do the Democrats.

Reagan, O'Neill, & Someone Named Chris

Chris Matthews is no historian, but he pretends to play one. Reagan biographer and conservative PR wiz Craig Shirley gives a scathing critique (and sets little white lies straight) of Chris Matthews new book, "Tip and The Gipper." Shirley writes that "...because Matthews smears anyone he disagrees with, it should be seen for what it is: a political polemic meant to address a current political problem."

A Celebration of the Funding Father of the Conservative Movement

ConservativeHQ Chairman and "funding father of the conservative movement" Richard Viguerie was the toast of Washington, D.C. at his September 23rd birthday celebration. Hundreds of the best conservative minds of past and present came to wish Viguerie well and reminisce on the early Ronald Reagan days. We celebrate Viguerie's contributions to the liberty movement with photographic highlights from the event. 

Scholars Say “The Butler” Gets Reagan Wrong on Race

We agree with Craig Shirley, Kiron K. Skinner, Steven F. Hayward and Paul Kengor – films like “The Butler” can be good opportunities for a healthy consideration of our troubled racial history, but not if they persist with inaccurate portrayals of President Reagan's record and personal views.

Movie Smears Reagan's Race Record

Christian Toto, Breitbart

The movie The Butler wrongly depicts Reagan as dismissive of civil rights. Reagan biographer Craig Shirley reminded all that RR signed the Dr. King holiday into law and extended the Voting Rights and Fair Housing Acts.

Shirley, Gingrich: Stick By Principles

Craig Shirley and Newt Gingrich, CNN

As R's wrestle with how to compare the value of fights based on principle vs. fights based on clever calculation, there may be some lessons from the darkest periods of GOP history.

Shirley Banister: Conservative PR Dynamo

Krissah Thompson, Washington Post

Shirley and Banister say they are determined to keep the anti-establishment message churning.

Reagan Becomes Role Model for Youth

Craig Shirley, Washington Times

Finally, a modern conservative is being presented as a positive role model to children via a new book.