Reagan of course did get elected but made the big mistake of hiring a Massachusetts liberal (not named Dukakis or Kennedy) to be his vice-president. When Reagan's VP took over in 1989 he told everyone (with Reagan two feet away) that he wanted a "kinder, gentler America." This meant huge increases in regulations, taxes and spending. This is what kindness looks like to a liberal Republican I suppose.
Eight years later George H.W. Bush saw his "compassionate conservative" son, George W. ride into the White House with his veto pen left behind in Texas. Eight years later, another socialist Republican (see video below) left us in an economic wreck and sowed the seeds for our current FDR reincarnation festival.
And now, Mitt Romney is supposed to restore conservative values?
Come on, Man.