One wonders how they all, or at least try to, get away as being the reincarnate of Ronald Reagan, especially when in repeated violation his 11th Commandment:
"Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican."To be fair, winning primaries can be difficult, and all the easy targets are standing next to you.
The better, but more difficult thing to do, would be letting your ideas compete with your fellow Republicans', and let those be the guide for primary voters, not to mention general election voters.
Admittedly, there's a lot of time between now and November 2008. But success of Republicans communicating their big ideas to the American people, or to have big ideas at all, which is another benchmark of Reagan, hasn't yet materialized. I think the great communicator of this presidential race is not on the right side.
Yes, the Democrats are acting more like Reagan than the Republicans in this regard. All three of their front-runners have announced a plan that guarantees all or virtually all Americans affordable healthcare. All of them have been clear that the troops will come home soon under their presidency. All of them have kept criticism of other Democrats to a minimum.
The Republican Party is a mess, and deservedly so, but to some extent so are the Democrats. One striking difference is that Republicans increasingly have the tendency to make a spectacle and publicly take care of their miscreants, while the Democrats, well, don't.