What I think has occurred is the democrats drifted left, pulling the republicans with them. But, now we have a more conservative group within the republican party, perhaps begun by the Tea Party, attempting to pull the republicans further right.
Also, the media continuing to beat the drum that Obama (and others) are in step with mainstream America has not helped. America has always been center right on the majority of issues. If you listen to those in the MSLM they attack some of the more conservative republicans for being "right wing nuts". when in fact if we were to take a blind survey (no party, no names) with possibly 10 issues the majority of Americans views with line-up with the very candidates that the media has attacked as being too far right.
I am not a "purist" republican in any sense of the word. Terms like RINO mean nothing to me. All I want is for there to be a republican elected to the Presidency. In the long (and short) run that is better for the country. appointment of judges, tax policy, stronger foreign policy, etc. At this point we need to simply steer back to the middle from this crazy left turn that Obama has taken us on and that the media applauds and promotes at every opportunity.
National Health Care
A horrible and disastrous foreign policy
A meteoric rise of those on food stamps
Runaway debt (both parties responsible Obama the worst)
A general feeling that somehow everyone deserves well....everything
This all must end and end soon or we will never again be the great country that we once were.
Can one republican President reverse all of that? Possibly, but even if the answer is no, it can certainly be a good start.
Your thoughts my friend?