Come on. Almost everyone 'on the left' these days is pining for Goldwater Republicans, and no small share of us are shocked to find that Bush 43's administration leaves us almost pining for Reagan.
You are amusing to read! Pining for Reagan!
But as for any on the left "Pining" for any on the right, I only have to refer you to Carly Fiorina. The loss of moderate republicans is not solely due to conservative republicans, but due mainly to the fact the democrats cannot run a positive campaign. They slandered her to the max (along with Meg Whitman). And beware of snake oil salesmen. They tell you want you want, and make sure it is lethal. They got McCain in 08 (and promptly savaged him).