I don’t take Ron Paul’s ideas seriously, but his presence in this debate really is the best proof that Ed Rollins, Mike Huckabee’s campaign manager, is right: The Reagan coalition is gone. Don’t just listen to Paul. Go read the material put out by the Cato Institute. Listen to Chuck Hagel on the war in Iraq. Follow the debate on immigration. Think back to Republican reaction during the Dubai Ports World debate. For a brief moment, the Reagan coalition seemed to get together again in fighting the Harriet Miers nomination. Once that was taken care of, that momentary Reaganite unity disappeared.
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