Tom Usher wrote or added: Ted is exactly right about this. I'll add that triangulation came out from the DLC.
The Republicans were creamed when they ran Barry Goldwater. Reagan only won via the "October Surprise." John McCain would have done much better had he run as a moderate in the general election.
The whole thing's a game. There's hardly a dimes worth of difference between the two war parties.
Where're the real Populists?