It would be possible to say that former First Lady Nancy Reagan died of sheer old age, and we know that she felt marooned in an empty life without her great partner, but it seems to me at least possible that she died of a broken heart.
Ronald Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment was “Thou Shalt Not Criticize Fellow Republicans.” The campaign of 2016 is so vulgar, so pathetic, so full of sexual innuendo and wild aggression that it would have appalled Ronald Reagan, and he would probably have found a way to make it stop. It feels more like the eye-gouging and ear-biting tavern fights of the Jacksonian frontier in Tennessee, or “amateur night” at the World Wrestling Association than a campaign for the highest office of the most powerful nation on earth. One expects Mad Dog Vachon to burst upon the stage, or for Marco Rubio to tag off in a tunic with Ted Cruz.
Whatever one thinks of the politics of the Reagans, they had class. They brought decorum to all that they did. They took themselves seriously because they took America seriously.