Ronald Reagan had the largest landslide victory in modern political history because he got democrats and centrists to vote for him. He raised taxes several times. He saved Social Security. He reached across the aisle and worked with Tip O'neil. Reagan met Tip O'neil half way on things that would have made Grover Norquist boil. The Republican senate and house are not allowed to give Obama anything. They are not allowed to compromise or they will be primaried and replaced. The Republican senate minority filibustered 248 times, whereas the Democratic minority only filibustered once under Bush and the GOP senate. The Republicans are at war. They are not allowed to compromise on anything, and they are not allowed to work with the other side. For all Reagan's rhetorical passion at fighting the Left, he compromised when he needed to and the country liked it.. Reagan would never have let Grover Norquist run his party. Reagan would have put Norquist out of business. Why? Because nobody told Reagan who he can and can't compromise with. The Republican Party is run by a small group of wealthy people who prey on the stupid. They have driven a great party into obscurity by burning moderates at the stake. They have promoted a revanchist paranoia of Latinos and non-whites, and their rhetoric about "Real-Americans" is straight out of Nazi Germany. They are against science. They are to be pitied. Dwight Eisenhower would be kicked out of the Republican Party for having Big Government put Americans to work building the Interstate System. GHW Bush was a great Republican moderate. The Tea Party would have destroyed him. When Will the GOP learn? If they can't beat a Democrat with this economy, they need to take back their party from the radicals. What say you?