Republican President Ronald Reagan and Tory Prime Minister Margret Thatcher were like two sides of the same coin.
Now compare Tory Prime Minister David Cameron to Mitt Romney and Republican Party. I can't think of a better illustration how completely intellectually bankrupt and radicalized the Republican Party has become in the last 20 years.
If Mitt Romney had modeled himself after David Cameron and ran a campaign based upon intellectual vigor, core competence and fiscal conservatism sans the religious fanatics, supply-side and neo-con foreign policy fantasists, he'd have a 20 point lead in the polls with the GOP having no choice but to follow him or be left out. Romney wouldn't have to endlessly pander to the lunatic base because he wouldn't need them.
How much better would we all sleep at night knowing that David Cameron were the worst we could do?
Imagine being able to have a national debate about the most efficient and effective ways to deal with climate change?
Image having a national debate about an effective and comprehensive energy policy that could go beyond simply building taxpayer funded refineries and pipelines through national parks and wasn't interrupted with screams of 'drill baby drill'.
Imagine a national conversation on effective and economically efficient environmental policies that takes as a given that poisoning our air and water is not conducive to our long term survival.
Business and Industry would be at the table because they wouldn't have a choice -- participate or watch the policy be made without your impute.
We had a national conversation about welfare reform in the 1990s and Republicans won. It's time for more, but we can't move on until the extremist that now control the Republican Party are defeated once and of all.