Reagan could not get elected because he would have been beaten in the primaries by someone the GOP establishment considered "safe" and thus "moderate" like McCain or Romney. The GOP lost their courage to take a risk on an Alan Keyes or Allen West type. They were considered 'unelectable' just as Reagan would be today because the GOP now means the Gutless Old Party! However, as proven by the last two elections their handpicked and groomed 'moderates' were indeed unelectable! And don't give me the adage that West or Keyes before him (or Rubio or a slew of others) were too 'green' or inexperienced. The Dems took that chance with Barry who was extremely inexperienced and it worked!