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As someone who actually lived in the Reagan years and voted for him wilfully instead of just reading about the 80s through the lib prism of wacademia revisionist history, I can state unequivocably that Reagan did not concern himself with voting blocs or identity politics, he didnt have to recalibrate his messages for anyone, which btw took years to be accepted and didnt just garner appeal upon delivery. Romney's primary message was, just like Reagan, "we're in a terrible economic bind and I'll fix it". You overstate Reagan's appeal to the left, to most of that crew, Reagan wasn't any more likable than Romney, he was an doddering old man who despite having a political career was nothing more than a B-movie actor reading off a script.
Contrast that to Romney who actively attacked the underclass and recalibrated his message over and over again.
Reagan unlike both Romney and Obama had a few key consepts that he didn't calibrate. His apeal wasn't to the left at all but he took a large number of blue collar Democrats who were willing to make the move because he didn't actively talk to them like they were trying to steal your lunch.
Reagan wasn't a hater and the Republican party ran a race of outright hatred toward the President. It's not good enough to gain middle class labor votes. Reagan never took the bait, Romney did and he was destroyed in the last election.
Your hatred toward the opposition is palpable. It's simply not a way to win a national election with a fairly evenly divided electorate.