Recently President Reagan designated Sen. Paul Laxalt (R-Nev.) to head the National Republican Committee. Since the National Republican Committee (as well as the National Democratic Committee) and its director play a very important role in presidential campaigns, Laxalt was asked whether he thought President Reagan would run again. The senator responded that if he didn't think so, he wouldn't have accepted the additional responsibility.
Laxalt was born on Aug. 2, 1922 and has his Sun in Leo. His chart indicates an outgoing, charming man. His three planets in Leo, with his Leo Sun ruling the entire chart, harmoniously combined with planets in Libra and Sagittarius, endow him with strong ego, love of life and generosity of spirit. He has a strong sense of self, knows who he is and has no need to prove anything to anyone. He is intelligent, quick and perceptive, and he rarely makes errors in judgment.
He is optimistic but cautious. One could say that he hopes for the best while preparing himself for eventualities. He is fair, judicious and temperate. He continuously strives for balance, and he attempts to solve problems by diplomacy and quiet persuasion. He will usually outwit his enemy simply because he is capable of keeping his cool and remaining objective.
He has no problems in marshaling the resources of other people, because people like to work for him. He does not make demands; instead he politely voices requests, and in such a charming way that people have a hard time saying no. He operates well behind the scenes, and accomplishes a lot without creating waves. All in all, I believe President Reagan made an excellent choice for the post.
As for Laxalt's opinion that President Reagan will run again, I tend to agree, even though many people feel the president may not, especially if his economic policy fails, or because his wife doesn't want him to.
I believe that President Reagan will run because his chart shows he is not a quitter. Reagan is a man who will fight for something that he believes in to the very end, and since he believes the course he set for this country is correct, he will not stop in the middle. In fact, the reverse might be closer to the truth. If his policies are successful by the end of 1984, then he may opt to retire, for he will feel he has accomplished what he set out to accomplish.
As for his wife's influence on his decision about whether to run and his accepting her wishes as command, I cannot accept it either, for the simple reason that to Nancy Reagan, her husband's happiness is more important than her own. If she feels that President Reagan wants to run, she will support him wholeheartedly, even if the decision causes her personal anguish.
Thus I believe the only thing that would stop the president from running again would be his health, which so far has been excellent. During the next two years there will be a few dangerous periods for him, the first one beginning today. So President Reagan should be extremely careful about his safety and health through Dec. 11, after which the danger abates for quite a while.