Tea Party folks often invoke Ronald Wilson Reagan as their political god. The Gipper is their Messiah.
And in these troubled times -- they are very troubled about the Obamas occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue-- they want another Great White Hope.
Only trouble is...
Reagan -- who has reached mythological levels that exceed Mount Rushmore -- is the standard-bearer for the modern conservative (oxymoron alert). So, by extension, Reagan would be enthralled by the harsh right turn of the Tea Party led GOP; he would fully sanction this movement under his namesake. Right?
No so fast, says former GOP Senator Chuck Hagel -- he joins the chorus of GOP old guards who are greatly alarmed by the direction of their party. Hagel states: