But regarding first principles, you just have to ask Republicans and Democrats who they are, and it is clear they know and that the core differences are not much different than when Reagan talked about "the other side" 20 years ago.
In a survey done a few weeks ago by the Pew Research Center, Republicans and Democrats were asked what traits they were looking for in candidates.
Among Republicans, 61 percent are more likely to vote for a candidate who is Christian compared to 38 percent of Democrats. And among these same Republicans, 86 percent are less likely to vote for a candidate who does not believe in God, compared to 56 percent of Democrats.
Sixty-four percent of Republicans and 37 percent of Democrats state that they are less likely to vote for a candidate who is homosexual, and 62 percent of Republicans and 25 percent of Democrats are less likely to vote for a candidate who has had an extramarital affair.
In general, Republicans consistently poll in the direction of lower taxes and more limited government, as compared to Democrats.
On health care, an issue central to defining what the future of this country will look like, according to a recent CBS/New York Times poll, 62 percent of Democrats as opposed to 27 percent of Republicans think we should have a single-payer government-run health-care system.
If journalists want to examine party disarray, perhaps they should be asking what it tells us about the state of the Democratic Party that Sen. Barack Obama, an unknown, with barely two years' experience in a major political office, can be a serious candidate for its nomination for president.
Leaders are not made with cookie cutters. As the historian Carlyle said, "The history of the world is nothing but the biography of great men."
The right did not go wrong, as Time would have it. Conservatives have no identity crisis. We're just in search of that leader who is as great as the agenda.