With the 97-3 Senate vote to confirm the treasonous John Kerry (with only Cruz, Cornyn and Inhofe taking a principled stand), and with Sarah Palin's courageous stand, it's clear that the Republican party is simply living up to its long heritage as being the establishment, go-along-to-get-along, reach across the aisle collection of Washington insiders.
The default position of the GOP is not Conservative. And I don't think it ever was. Aside from Calvin Coolidge, the only authentic Conservative to ascend to the presidency was, of course, Ronald Wilson Reagan. Barry Goldwater tried but was hampered at every turn by the Northeastern elites, the Lodges and Rockefellers, the ones who have run the party for decades.
What Reagan did was run under Republican banner but, in his wisdom, he only used the party to advance the interests of a strong Conservative America. In that sense, he was indeed a Republican in name only since his cause was far greater and far nobler than that of the GOP!
Like Sarah Palin, President Reagan went rogue and transcended the constraints of the mere GOP. Until the leftists are eliminated from the Republicans (and we clearly saw just who they were today), in the strictest sense of the term, being a RINO is -- in fact -- a badge of honor.
I have to remind myself that Nixon created the EPA -- that evil monstrosity is the product of a Republican. On the other hand, being asked to vote for, as president, the most successful political instrument yet of implemented state-run health care, among other vast government power-grabs, had not happened to me in the GOP until 2012. It occurs to me that as long as Romney and the positions he represents are "in" with Republicans, then it's the wrong party.
The Republican brand is so willfully bereft, so equally to be criticized as the left for growing government's burden, that the timing may be spot-on for a third party.
A place where people can unite in their rejection of both parties.