Reagan would have easily won
Do you think a “shining city on the hill” would have resonated with the illiterati? Not at all; they could care less about high minded ideals. They just want hand outs and the candidate that promises the most government largesse wins. That’s where we are right now.
Without question Reagan would have had the same effect that he had in 1980, nobody knows the specifics of how he would have shaped his campaigned, but he would have defeated Jimmy Carter the II, and he would have helped the entire ticket, and would have educated the public while doing it.
Romney just can’t overcome being what he is, and people can see it in him.