We had Santorum, Newt, and Bachmann....heck 4, I forgot Perry too..
Oh God; please do not compare these 3 Stooges (Santorum, Bachmann and Perry) to Ronald Reagan. Only Newt came close to being as Conservative and “smart” as Reagan. Perry is dumb as a coal bucket (his Primary performances proved that.), Santorum is so out of touch with the real world and Michele is a shallow opportunist. Ronnie must be spinning in his grave right now.
Reagan had charisma and did not have Newt’s baggage and unlike Newt had no gender gap. Reagan got us the “Reagan Democrats” (white, blue-collar working stiffs). Only Santorum was able to attract this demographic.