RINOs are a great asset to the Democrat Party and the news media. Liberals know they have little credibility, therefore when they wish to make a point they mention that Republicans also want what they want. By Republicans they mean RINOs. Democrats believe Iraq is another Vietnam? Well, so does Republican Senator Chuck Hagel. Democrats are fearful that a Justice Alito may overturn Roe v. Wade? Well, so does Republican Senators Arlen Specter, Olympia Snow and Lincoln Chaffee. The Democrats fear we might be "abusing" terrorists? Well so does Senator John McCain. Democrats wish to control one-sixth of the US economy -- health care – well, so do Republicans such as Chuck Grassley.
The GOP is in a lot of trouble and that trouble has nothing to do with Tom DeLay or Jack Abramoff or Scooter Libby or George W. Bush. The Republican Party is being co-opted by liberals who call themselves "moderates" or even "conservatives."
When the GOP articulates conservative values and strategies for the future, they win elections. When they try to be Democrats, they lose. They may believe it's the "wacky right-wing" that's hurting their party, but it's actually the "wacky left-wing" that cost them their power. Who wants to vote for a Republican who behaves like a Democrat?
When conservatives get all fired up, armed with the truth they are unbeatable. But few in the GOP are doing much to get them fired up.