But not all Reagan tributes are thoughtful. Some, in fact, are downright silly.
With a hat tip to The Nation's Chris Hayes, here's one of the most superficial, a by Arizona Rep. Ben Quayle for Politico.
Here are Qualye's first two paragraphs, which speak of the, er, rhetorical power of Rep. Qualye's s sugar-sweet vision:
When I was a child, President Ronald Reagan was the nice man who gave us jelly beans when we visited the White House.
I didn’t know then, but I know it now: The jelly beans were much more than a sweet treat that he gave out as gifts. They represented the uniqueness and greatness of America — each one different and special in its own way, but collectively they blended in harmony.