My Latin teacher simply could not wait to make a crack against Reagan. In the movie "I Claudius," Claudius day dreams. My teacher then says that it is the same way Reagan fell asleep during meetings. Even some of the left leaning, ok bleeding hearts, had to tell him it wasn't right to make a crack just after he died.
People on the left, like your Latin teacher, adhere to a political viewpoint that has been bankrupt of vitality and validity for over 30 years. Nothing has replaced New Deal liberalism (aka, socialism), when it died as a viable political philosophy in this country in the late 1960s. So, instead of confronting those they disagree with by appealing to reason and the lessons of history, they resort to scorn. Scorn is the last refuge of the politically and intellectually bankrupt.
Apparently, your Latin teacher is too dense to understand the lesson of I Claudius, which is:
Never underestimate your opponent.
Reagan knew this. Bush knows this. The left, including your teacher, do not know this. And we will use it to our advantage in November.