[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/03/14/foreman.suburblican/art.mccain.ap.jpg caption=" Can Sen. John McCain win over former Democrats disillusioned with the party?"] (CNN) - In the great book of Republican lore, the story lives on, read in reverent tones to tiny Red Staters even in their youngest years:
On the eighth day, Ronald Reagan reached into the suburbs, the burgeoning fields of new homes filled with families yearning for hope, and he picked up an average working-class Democrat.
Cradling him gently in his mighty hand, and speaking in soothing tones, Reagan said to the trembling voter, "I have terrible news. Your party has lost its way. Democratic leaders are no longer the defenders of middle-class jobs, values and security. They are pandering to special interests. Don't you want someone to be your president again?"