Obama claims that today's Republican party would be too radical for Ronald Reagan
and cites debate performances in which the Republicans candidates said that they would not make a deal with Democrats that would cut spending $10 for dollar raised in taxes.
Well one reason that Republicans won't fall for that again is Reagan's experience. He made an agreement with Democrats in which they would be allowed to raise taxes. In exchange, they promised to cut spending three dollars of every dollar raised in taxes. Democrats did not even make a good faith effort
to keep their end of the bargain.
So far as Republicans are concerned, striking such deals with Democrats is like playing the role of Charlie Brown with the Democrats as Lucy promising to hold the football.
John Boehner learned what it's like to work on the basis of trust with Obama last summer. How'd that turn out?