Sure, we're a little ashamed of our prurient fascination with the latest gossip about Nancy Reagan, but, hey, there are two serious points here. On the evidence of Kitty Kelley's unauthorized hatchet job: (1) The Reagans were hypocrites, presuming to stand for family virtues even as they turned the White House into Peyton Place on the Potomac, and (2) Mrs. Reagan's "petticoat presidency" usurped the powers of the man we elected.
So what else is new?
The stuff about Frank Sinatra is interesting, though based on innuendo. The story about Cameron's teddy bear is poignant. (The 3-year-old left it in the White House, and Grandma Reagan gift-wrapped it and mailed it back to him months later as a birthday present.) Suspicions about Mr. Reagan's lustrous hair may be well founded.
Practically everything else we already knew: the dabbling in astrology, the actor president's intermittent lapses from character, the Reagans' estrangement from their children, even that Mrs. Reagan is disliked by some associates and employees. Patti Davis' and Donald Regan's books, and even Mrs. Reagan's own autobiography, have dished most of the dirt already. Two new biographies proclaim Mr. Reagan's supposed detachment from responsibilities: Haynes Johnson's "Sleepwalking through History," and Lou Cannon's "President Reagan: the Role of a Lifetime."