Greg Sargent, a liberal blogger for the Washington Post, fits into the latter category. Yesterday the hack cited as "evidence" a Center for American Progress report that states the current generation of GOP presidential candidates are in Sargent's words, "are all well to the right of Reagan." Even if that is true--it isn't by the way--it was Reagan who pushed GOP firmly into a conservative direction, which effectively smothered the liberal Rockefeller wing of the Republican Party.
Oh, a CAP analysis of conservatism is about as valid as an ISIS discussion on the Talmud.
So even if the GOP is more conservative than it was in the 1980s--then it's just following the direction Reagan pointed to when he won the presidency.
As for Sargent--has he ever voted for a Republican?