The Republicans are finished as a conservative political party. End of story.
I've been reading stories and news articles all evening, and the best that I can figure is that the Republicans are running on their reputation and hoping that we don't notice how many of them have turned into Democrats in the past few years.
Take spending, for example.
Once Republicans were in power, they started spending money even faster than the Democrats did.
Big spender Ted Stevens responded to Coburn's good suggestion to kill a "Bridge to Nowhere" with a tantrum on the Senate floor: He threatened to resign and "be taken out of here on a stretcher."
The only thing saving our economy is the fact that we've taken the Democrats fingers off of the tax button. When the only difference between your two parties is who does the taxing, you're shit out of luck. The next thing you know, you're going to have Republicans talking about how everybody deserves "free" healthcare.
Immigration? Both parties seem to be in favor of opening up our borders and allowing god knows who to walk into our country hassle-free. There may be exceptions to the rule, but the exception PROVES the rule as well.
The only noticable difference between Republicans and Democrats is that Republicans still have some testicular fortitude when it comes to dealing with people who want to kill us, while Democrats either piss themselves and run away hiding, or openly collaborate with the enemy.
But c'mon, let's not kid ourselves here. Other than foriegn policy, there's not much difference between the two. In fact, I could say that foriegn policy is the ONLY noticable difference between the two right now.
Why the fuck do conservatives still vote Republican again?
Oh, that's right, because Democrats are a bunch of unhinged loons who are incapable of having any kind of coherant thought without going into spittle-flinging spasms while shrieking "BUSHITLER LIED" at ear-splitting volume. While poking at BDS monkeys might be fun in the short run, it's no way to protect this country from the liberals who want to turn us into emasculated EUnich clones. Right now, the only real argument I hear for Republicans is "Yeah, but the Democrats are worse...."
You're right, the Democrats ARE worse. The Democrats should be kept away from power for the rest of this country's existance, but just because they act like three year old brats who found their daddy's meth stash doesn't mean that the Republicans are anything to sing about! That's like saying "Yeah, I got leprosy, but ebola is worse!" So what, YOU'RE STILL GOING TO DIE!
I don't have any quick answers to give you, but recognising the problem is the first step to fixing it. So say it with me: Republicans are no longer conservative. Quite possibly, they haven't been truly conservative for years. And it's time they were kicked out of office.
The Democrats we can tar and feather as the back-stabbing, yellow bellied traitors they are.