Carol Platt Liebau
According to ABC News, voters in eight important swing states have been fleeing the Democratic Party in large numbers -- to the tune of 825,000 people in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. 

In those states, that means a total of 5.4% of Democratic voters left the party.  But note, as well, that 3.1% of Republicans left their party.

Reportedly, this election is going to include more independents than any in the last half-century.  So the question becomes: How do Republicans capitalize on that fact without  jettisoning their principles?

The answer could come down to temperament -- an issue ably discussed, in the context of the two frontrunners, by NRO's Yuval Levin, a former Gingrich staffer.

Carol Platt Liebau

Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political commentator and guest radio talk show host based near New York. Learn more about her new book, "Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Hurts Young Women (and America, Too!)" here.