David Frum gets it:
Barring some calamitous mistake by the Democrats (and true, that can never be ruled out from the "war is lost" party), the GOP enters the 2008 election cycle at a serious disadvantage. If we want to win, we have to offer the American voter something fresh and compelling. I think most of us understand that. And yet at the same time we are demanding that our candidates repeat formulas and phrases from two and three decades ago.Most of us libertarians and conservatives hold Mr. Reagan close to our heart, but these guys won't have a chance pretending to be the reincarnate Ronald Reagan. It would be nice to have a candidate naturally similar to Reagan, while espousing 21st century toughness, whatever that looks like. Right now, I think it's looking like Fred Thompson, but that could change.