Ronald Reagan was an aging, Hollywood movie queen, desperate for recognition and approval. His recruitment, in the early 1960s, by old friend George Murphy into Republican politics was a stroke of genius and by itself, eventually rehabilitated the Republican brand, nationwide.
He ran for President on family values, law and order and national pride and governed like a Depression era, Democratic Party, machine politician. His presidency gave us a decisive military victory over a Grenada, huge federal budget deficits and the largest illegal immigrant amnesty in history.
The Republicans need another Ronald Reagan. They need to get him or her up and running soon if they want to win in 2012.