Reagan and Romney — both six-letter R-names, both movie-star handsome, both uniters of security, social and fiscal conservatives.

Ronald Reagan: close call with Gerald Ford in 1976. Ford loses to Jimmy Carter. Stagflation and the Soviets. Nation remembers Reagan. Reagan reclaims economy, defeats Soviets, goes down in history.

Mitt Romney: close call with John McCain in '08. McCain loses? Stagflation and terrorism. Nation remembers Romney. Romney reclaims economy, stands strong, goes down in history.

Michael Brown