And McCain was chosen by the GOP by a large majority based upon his platform. More Republicans voted for McCain in primaries despite his stance on the issues. Which is my point. All that talk of Hillary and Obama fracturing the Democratic party was just a distraction from where the real fracturing took place. As I said, the conservative influence in the Republican party is shrinking much to the benefit of the Democrats.McCain losing by running as a "centrist" with a heavy history of leaning left,
Democrats won because of the awful mess GWB and the neo-cons made of this nation over eight years. The people were sick of it and they spoke very loudly. They were galvanized by eight years of misery and the arrival of a great orator in Obama. The GOP couldn't get on message and it showed. I think a large number of conservatives actually did go to the polls and voted for McCain simply out of party loyalty. They sure did down here where I'm at, we had a historically consistent conservative voter turn out for McCain. I believe the idea of conservative voters sitting out or voting third party is deliberately misleading. It's the conservatives doing damage control to cover for their loss of influence in their party. That's what I think because there is absolutely no proof that there was a conservative "protest" at the polls.and Democrats winning because of Republican government increases and expenditures out of line with conservative values spoke volumes.
To the point, Limbaugh and Hannity were staunch apologists for Bush's lackluster performance. They were actually cheerleaders. What did the GOP do to Bush during the election? They abandoned him. Why? Because despite it all, they knew how much his administration had cost them and they knew any sign of allegiance to what had become the image of the Republican party under his leadership would cost them the election. But the whole time Limbaugh and Hannity (and others) were there supporting what he was doing. So you really think Limbaugh is the guy for the job?
What does it say about the state of the party when you have such division at the very core? The majority went more towards moderate, centrist McCain and left the further right conservatives on their own. What does this say about conservative influence in the GOP?
Well, you have four years to try and regain control of your party. We'll see.