The notion that Ronald Reagan couldn’t make it out of the primary in today’s Teahadist GOP has been a favorite meme on the left for years. After all, Reagan raised taxes eleven times, signed one of the largest tax increases in US history, signed a SHAMNESTY! bill, sought to ban nuclear weapons, passed one of the most liberal abortion laws in the country, was a former union president as well as a divorced former Democrat who was married to a practitioner of astrology.
Well, this idea is increasingly popular on the right as well.
Remember Ronald Reagan Democrats? I want a Republican that can attract Democrats.’ Chortling, he added, ‘Ronald Reagan would have a hard time getting elected as a Republican today.’ “
Then there was Huckabee.
Ronald Reagan would have a very difficult, if not impossible, time being nominated in this atmosphere of the Republican Party.
And most recently, Duncan Hunter, Jr. (R-CA).
HUNTER: This is it folks. This is it. There is nothing after 2012. [...] I don’t care if it’s a more moderate/former liberal like Ronald Reagan, who would never be elected today in my opinion. If it’s someone like him or a hardcore conservative, you gotta elect the most winnable person this time.
These aren’t fringe Republicans by any means. Graham has been in Congress since 1995. Huckabee would probably be leading in the GOP primary if he were running. And Hunter, Jr. is the son of Republican Duncan Hunter, who ran for president in 2008.
And they’re all saying the same thing: by today’s standards, Reagan is a RINO. And these are the people Obama’s going to make some “Grand Bargain” with?