“When the Republican party runs moderates we lose. When we run real conservatives we win.”
Reagan recommended the Republicans paint in “bold colors” rather than “pastels” to offer voters a clear choice, that would presumably favor Republicans. And after watching the McCain and Romney defeats, this belief that Republicans only lose when they run moderate candidates seemed to be verified yet again. Then a funny thing happened in New Jersey and Virginia. In New Jersey, a moderate Republican crushed his Democrat opponent. In Virginia, a conservative Republican lost to his Democrat opponent. An argument can be made that New Jersey is a blue state and therefore the normal rule of conservatism trumping moderation in elections does not apply. But Virginia is not a blue state.