A big problem is that for those with a pro-private-sector bent, the best and brightest do not look first to government as a career. As a consequence, most Republican politicians are generally either not very sharp, or even worse, they are RINOs. Our party is now so thoroughly infected with second-rate intellects and RINOs that I fear it is hopeless. Our leadership can't even tell the difference between compromise and slow-motion capitulation (what you get when every compromise is in the direction of the other side's objectives and farther from your own). I'm ready to start over. The Republican Party hasn't done a thing to reverse the growth of government in 65 years and it is foolish to expect they ever will.