Jack KempAccording to the Washington Post, two former Vice Presidents, one former Secretary of State, six former U.S. Senators, two former Governors, the Chairman of the House, Ways, and Means Committee, eight former Presidential Cabinet Officers, three former or current Republican Senate Majority Leaders, two former White House Chiefs of Staff, and at least fifteen current or former members of Congress and the 2008 and 1996 Republican Presidential Nominees and 2000 other Americans, did not gather to celebrate the life of Jack F. Kemp at a memorial service at the National Cathedral last Friday. If the aforementioned assemblage of dignitaries, which included former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Vice President Dan Quayle and his wife Marilyn, former Secretary of State Al Haig, 2008 Republican Presidential Nominee John McCain and his wife Cindy, Senator and 2000 Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Joe Lieberman and his wife Hadassah, 1996 Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole, House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel who worked with Kemp on Enterprise Zones for inner cities, former Senator and Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen, former White House Chief of Staff and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, former Senator and Republican Majority Leader Trent Lott, former Texas Senator Phil Gramm, Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife, former Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao, former Secretary of Labor and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole, former Minnesota Congressman Vin Weber, former Ohio Congressman Bob McEwen, former Florida Senator Connie Mack, former Virginia Governor and Senator George Allen, former Reagan, Bush, and McCain adviser Charlie Black and his wife Judy, longtime Kemp advance man Rick Ahearn, supply side economist and CNBC talking head Larry Kudlow, former Reagan aide and Supply Side advocate Jeff Bell, former U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese, Human Events publisher Tom Winter and his wife Dawn, longtime conservative operative Bob Heckman, conservative journalist and author Bruce Bartlett, Former Vice Presidential Aide and Journalist Bill Kristol, former Erie County Executive Ed Rutkowski and wife MaryLou, former New York State Comptroller Ned Regan, conservative fundraising pioneer Richard Viguerie, heavyweight GOP lobbyist and BMSK Alum Wayne Berman, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and his wife Alma, former Kemp Press Secretary John Buckley, former HUD Chief of Staff and Dole-Kemp campaign manager Scott Reed, Human Events publisher Alan Ryskind, former Michigan Governor John Engler, former SEC Chair Chris Cox, former Hawaii Republican activist Bonnie Wharton, former Ambassador and Dole aide Paul Russo and wife Cathy, Teenage Republican founder Barbara Wells Gilbert, Mrs. Bill Brock, former Congressman and U.S. Defense Secretary Mel Laird, former House Republican Minority Leader Bob Michel, longtime Reagan, Buckley and Kemp Advanceman Laurance "Laury" Gay, former Kemp staffers Dave Smick, Dave Hoppe, Sharon Zelaska, Russ Gugino, and Randy Teague, Presidential son Marvin Bush, former Ambassador Peter Terpeluk, conservative direct mail maven Ann E. W. Stone, FOX News anchor Chris Wallace, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, former Congresswoman Connie Morella, Former Readers' Digest Chief and horse racing tout Ken Tomlinson, Lexington Institute CEO Mac Carey, Washington lawyer and former DOJ official Donald Santarelli, former Nixon White House aides Charles Colson and Pat O'Donnell, former U.S. Senator Dan Coates, Federal Home Loan Bank Board President Al Dellibovi, a former HUD Chief of Staff and Republican National Chairman Michael Steele, former Philadelphia U.S Attorney David Marston, did meet to commemorate the life of Kemp, the Washington Post curiously did not report the event. In fact over 2000 mourners came to pay their respects to the exuberant apostle of supply-side economics, whose uplifting and positive message of economic growth and opportunity paired with his deep-seated commitment to true racial equality and justice, made Kemp one of the most important and influential Republicans and Americans in the last half century. While the Washington Times reported the extraordinary outpouring of dignitaries, current and former government officials, members of Congress, journalists, activists, athletes, and sports fans who turned out to celebrate the life of the former San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills quarterback - not a word was published by the Washington Post. Perhaps the Washington Post should spend more time covering an amazing tribute to a man who had a real positive impact in the lives of Americans than relaunching the career of their employee, former Governor Eliot Spitzer. It is not coincidental that Spitzer's op-eds are published in the Washington Post while his recent profile was published by Newsweek and his pathetic and obtuse column on public issues is carried by Slate Magazine, all Washington Post Company owned. That the Washington Post would ignore the impact and resulting respect for Kemp is not surprising. It is part and parcel of a left/media effort to delegitimize supply side economics and to ignore the simple fact that federal revenue did increase dramatically after the Reagan-Kemp tax cuts just as Jack Kemp and the supply-siders said it would. Both a joint report by both Houses of Congress and a report by President Clinton's Commission Job Creation concluded that the Reagan tax cuts of 1980s caused substantial economic activity and growth which increased revenues. Liberals would like us to forget that the deficits of the 80s were caused by excess spending, not by a drop in revenues caused by tax-cutting. The failure of President George H.W. Bush to keep faith with Reaganomics by increasing taxes has allowed critics to incorrectly lump Reagan with Bush while denigrating economic activity in the entire decade. The policies of Reagan and Bush, the 41st president, were quite different, but Reagan suffers by being incorrectly included in the disastrous decisions his Vice President made when he got to the Oval Office. George W. Bush further exacerbates this problem by both plunging the country into a war that Reagan himself probably would have avoided and spending at a clip which makes current criticism of Obama's spending habits hypocritical. Yet Reagan continues to be associated with both Bushes who betrayed his legacy. Kemp was the rightful heir to Reagan's sunny optimistic view of America but was usurped by the Yankee patrician Bush with the complicity of top Reagan aides William Casey, Ed Meese, Michael K. Deaver, and Reagan pollster Richard Wirthlin. Reagan liked Kemp and would have considered him as a vice presidential running mate if Meese, Deaver and Casey had not poisoned the former California Governor against Kemp with unfounded rumors that tied Kemp to a homosexual ring in the Governor's office in Sacramento in the 1960s. Reagan advisers Meese and Deaver found Kemp's persistence on the importance of supply side economics as a centerpiece for the 1980 Reagan campaign tiring and Kemp's tendency to "sell past the close" truly antagonized the pressed-for-time Reagan aides. Reagan himself blurted out that he had been told that "there were things in Jack's background that might destroy him and his family" in a gathering of his regional political directors shortly after he clinched the nomination at the 1980 Detroit convention. A poll of top Reagan political operatives showed overwhelming support for Kemp for the second slot with a handful of Reaganites for Nevada Senator Paul Laxalt. No one in the room mentioned George Bush. Having destroyed any possibility that Kemp would be considered for the ticket, the Reagan advisers first sought a cockamamie deal in which former President Gerald Ford would join the Reagan ticket as a Vice president. When that idiocy collapsed after Ford demanded that he be allowed to name the Secretary of State, a process Henry Kissinger was maneuvering to control, the Reagan high command recommended the hapless Bush who had been roundly defeated in the 1980 primaries by Reagan and whose "deer in the headlights" performance at the Nashua New Hampshire debate had truly soured Ronald and Nancy Reagan against him. Reagan was convinced by his pollster Dr. Richard Wirthlin, a Mormon and closet polygamist who maintained a pseudo- wife in Washington as well as one in California, that Bush would bring the ticket needed suburbanites and moderates, although it is doubtful that there was any real polling data to support this view. A few who came to honor him on Friday played key roles in insuring Kemp never became President. The rest came to honor a truly great man and unlikely visionary Jack Kemp was the rightful heir to Reagan's brand of optimistic and uplifting politics where hard work, thrift, and the entrepreneurial spirit is the key to opportunity and success. It was with the selection of George H. W. Bush over Jack Kemp that the Reagan revolution was hijacked.