This is hard for me to say, but I will just say it anyway. I am a Rep... a Republican. There, I said it. Am I embarrassed to admit it? Yes, given the current state of the Republican Party. It feels more like a funeral than a party!
The Republican Party is like a ship adrift on the sea without a captain, with some of the crew jumping overboard and the rest frantically searching for an iceberg.
What happened? George W. Bush is what happened.
"W" was a one-man wrecking crew who has single-handedly destroyed the Republican Party for a generation. OK, it wasn't only Bush. Most of the rest of the Republicans in Congress are also implicated in the Republican demise.
The Republicans of the George W. Bush era were everything bad that the Gingrich "Contract with America" Republican revolution rose up to defeat.
The so-called experts are telling us that what happened is that the Republicans over-reached and moved too far to the right.
Their advice, not surprisingly, is for Republicans to race back to the center and become like Democrats. This is exactly not the solution.
The Republican Party is in the trouble it's in because it was acting and governing like Democrats -- big government, fiscal irresponsibility, catering to global warming extremism, doing very little to fight for life etc.
In my opinion, George W. Bush was one of the worst presidents in the history of the United States. He bungled practically everything he touched. Most of the Republicans in Congress in the Bush years were equally ineffective and pathetic.
I think many Americans now feel like, if that is what the Republican Party stands for... never mind!
The Republican Party needs leaders to rise up who actually believe in the principles of the Republican Party and are willing to fight for them, before the ship sinks below the waters into oblivion.