Not suggesting that Conservatives flee or are fleeing, but are being pushed away by the Establishment GOP. Re-read what I posted earlier. The Tea Party joined with the Republican Party because they thought it provided their best avenue for success, only to have the GOP insiders denigrate them and actively push them away. The Libertarians had their own party and nominated candidates for decades, only to see them, and the ideals Libertarians hold dear, washed away in electoral defeat. So, they joined the GOP with the same hope as the tea Partiers, only to be marginalized in like manner. It seems that "1%" is more powerful than you acknowledge.