The ultimate problem with the Republicans is that they are hungry for power just like the Dems. The only difference is the Repubs will benefit a different set of interest groups. Remember, the party big-wigs were skeptical of Reagan. Neither Reagan nor Kennedy would recognize either of the two major parties. There are no statemen any more, just politicians. The difference is that statesmen understand reality (good or bad) and try to move the process and the people in the direction of their greatest best interest. Politicians manipulate reallity in order to score political points for the next election, the country's best interest as a whole is irrelevant. Both parties are overflowing with politicians, no statesmen are allowed.