Time’s cover story is about the shrinking of the Republican party. This past week, a national poll indicates that those who identify themselves as Republicans has slipped to 31%. A different poll puts the figure even lower: 21%. Fewer woman are identifying themselves as Republicans. Arlan Spector left the party, although his defection may be more of the save your ass kind.

Few doubt the Republicans shot themselves in the foot multiple times these past eight years. While the country may be generally a little right of center, the Republicans can’t get themselves right enough to the exclusion of those who disagree and might vote for someone who isn’t a Dem, but can’t stand their stands. While we’re hardly saying the Dems are shining beacons of purity and light, they do have the WH and Congress, and a much higher number of Americans claiming membership.

Where do you stand on the political spectrum? With which party do you associate yourself? What do you think the Republicans can do to keep from dying out? Should the party die out as others in the past have and be replaced with a center right party? Are the Democrats too far left? Not far left enough?

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  1. Alfred1 says:

    The rest of the story is Democrats lost also…Independents are increasing taking from both parties…

    The result of both parties being guilty of bailouts, meltdown, destruction of the dollar…

    Its likely a third party…conservative, will rise, if the Republican party cannot cleanse itself of Democrats aka RINOs

    Then we would have no choice but form another party…however we are hopeful we can expel them…and recover those who left.

  2. Alfred1 says:

    Its educational the way this is spun by the “drive by media…”

    BOTH parties are guilty of bailouts etc…both are losing members…yet only the Republicans are mentioned…giving the ILLUSION they are becoming Democrat…

    Hence the spin against the Tea parties…which was a protest against bailouts etc…against BOTH parties…

    The center right coalition (aka silent majority) hates the bailouts etc and its likely they will form a third party if the Republican party can’t cleanse itself of statist (left and right) “bailouters”.

  3. Petrov says:

    With both parties run by lawyers, does it matter which is in office? What do lawyers know about creating wealth?

    This nation is doomed.

  4. Dallas says:

    Somewhat similar to the KKK in the 50’s and 60’s. As it became unpopular to be a White Supremacist , the KKK shrank and people simply referred to themselves as “Conservative Republican”.

    Now, the GOP is so badly tarnished with loony tunes taking over that there is no place in the Republican chart to identify with. People are leaving to the next door party.

    This is great and I’m looking forward to that issue of TIME.

  5. Alfred1 says:

    As of this post…approximately 53% vote ultra right, generally right and moderate = Reagan Republicans…

    That group will rise again, against the bailouters…to restore Capitalism and destroy statism…both right and left, that has nearly destroyed the country.

  6. Jim Burrows aka Brons says:

    The party is shrinking. It’s down to 21-30% of the country and the solution is to “cleanse itself of Democrats ana RINOs” and then somehow to “recover those who left”. I think that shows something of what the problem is. As an Independent who voted about 40/60 Rep/Dem in the 20th century and 100% Dem in the 21st, I think you’re not quite seeing where the problem lies. We didn’t shift to the Democrats because you are too much like them.

    Just saying.

  7. Alfred1 says:

    #4 Actually, out of 100 people named Dallas, 84.6% of them are certifiable loons…moonbats given to barking at Conservatives like lunatic dogs at the moon…

    Sometimes even barking in the wrong direction, not knowing why they are barking…but bark they must…

  8. Alfred1 says:

    #6 Democrats are losing members also…there are lots of them not liking Obama…you just don’t hear that fact in the media.

  9. Alfred1 says:

    May 5th Rasmussen Poll:

    Generic Ballot: Republicans 40% Democrats 39%

    For the second straight week, Republicans edge out Democrats in the latest edition of the Generic Congressional Ballot. However, support for the Republican candidate is down a point from last week and the results appear to reflect a lack of enthusiasm for either party rather than gains for the GOP.

    This is from an email alert on May 6th…the link to the poll itself incorrectly points to another poll:

    http://rasmussenreports.com/older_content/home/top_stories/most_recent_articles

  10. mcosmi says:

    What Time Mag wont say and what most people know, but are afraid to say…is that the WHOLE demographic in the US is changing. Minority populations are increasing…especially in the cities. They control the big cities, and they vote now more than ever. Its increasingly difficult for a party that is controlled by ultra conservative to survive in this new America. When I tell someone in NYC that im a republican, i instantly see their face change..they assume im a right-wing evangelical bible beater, when im anything but. Who knows what the future will be, but if the party continues to make these mistakes, its not long for th world

  11. Yawn says:

    This site is getting boring.

  12. Alfred1 says:

    #10 I agree…we need to emphasize life, liberty, freedom of the individual over the state…

    That was lost…

    Only freedom inspires…everything else is just “politics”…

    We can’t beat the Democrats at pandering…

    We must be the party of Freedom from Government tyranny…States rights over Federalism… etc.

    Pro life is a constitutional position…the right to life is unalienable, given to us by the Creator…according to the Bill of rights and our constitution.

  13. bob says:

    Statism is dead, get with the program!
    The idiots have had their chance.

    Ask yourselfs, what have they done for you lately?

  14. Mr. Fusion says:

    #12, Ayatollah1

    You are so full of bovine fecal matter. Please, keep it up. Your crazy ranting is scaring more and more people away from the Republicans.

    I am saving your rants to publish before the mid-terms. That should increase the Democrat majority even more.

    In any case, please shoot yourself in the nuts. No one want your kind reproducing.

  15. Mr. Fusion says:

    The current leadership in the Republican Party can’t be blamed for the defections. That’s because there isn’t any leadership.

    The worst people are trying to take over the Republicans, Boss Limpdick, Sarah Palin, James Dobson, and the other right wing nut extremists. The majority of the country will not tolerate this kind of politics. Eight years of Bush were enough for most people.

    Leaders like Jindal couldn’t get any traction and fell on his face. Huckabee is too religious. Romney is too slick. Thompson, is well, too Hollywood.

    Would be leaders like Eric Cantor and John Boehner don’t know what they are doing. The Senate Minority Leader is someone, only he is too invisible to identify. Micheal Steele is repeatedly stabbed in the back by fellow Republicans.

    Yup, the rats are abandoning the ship.

  16. Olo Baggins of Bywater says:

    Alfred…do you click on polls like you’re posting to this thread?

  17. Brons aka Jim Burrows says:

    @Alfred, Re: #8

    And what you’re missing is that I’m not driving my opinions by what the Media is saying about party membership. What I’m telling you is that the Republicans are losing membership AND votes, and the Democrats are losing members but gaining votes, and I’m one of those votes. And I know a lot of those votes.

    And sayig that the answer to losing both members and votes is not, at least from my perspective, that your party has too many Democrats (or RINOs) or that you are lacking in solidarity. The problem is that the Republican party has become the province of Big Money and Big Government. The party of War and Torture. The Ant-abortion and anti-gay party. The party that is against Habeas Corpus, against Posse Comitatus, against the Rule of Law.

    The problem is that you are excluding anyone with a nuanced position. The slightest taint of choice, of tolerance of regulation, of whatever you are anti- is taken as a sign of evil.

    Personally, I want the Republican party to hit bottom soon, to wake up and realize that an ever stronger Federal Executive branch is antithetical both to personal liberty and states rights. I want to see it get over its litmus tests and realize how far from fiscal conservatism it has drifted, how far into authoritarianism it has gone. I want it to hit bottom so hard that it turns around and becomes healthy, because I really really want to turn on the Democrats. At the moment the reason I am siding with them is because faults though they may have, the Republicans are far far worse.

    Just my two bits worth.

  18. ArianeB says:

    What’s needed is a moderate third party that is not so corporatist or globalist (bad philosophies shared by both parties). Globalism is making it possible for the corporations to take over and turn all Nation States into Market States.

    But Market States are unsustainable.

  19. LibertyLover says:

    #17, The problem is that the Republican party has become the province of Big Money and Big Government. The party of War and Torture. The party that is against Habeas Corpus, against Posse Comitatus, against the Rule of Law.

    I forget . . . which party were you talking about again? 🙂

    I am siding with them is because faults though they may have, the Republicans are far far worse.

    Choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.

  20. qb says:

    #11 Yup

  21. brm says:

    #10:

    “They control the big cities, and they vote now more than ever.”

    Thank god we still have the electoral college.

    Plausible:

    Coasts eliminate the electoral college, because they don’t like the idea that a podunk state gets the same representation as NY. Heartland secedes and immediately starts gouging the coasts for: oil, coal, power from wind farms, food (because there’s no arable land on the coasts), and transport over land from coast to coast.

  22. BubbaRay says:

    At this point, 7/21 or 33% of the comments belong to that loonbat Alfred1, which really skews the data. Hey, SHUT UP! Go clean the basement or something, don’t you have anything better to do than comment here?

  23. bac says:

    #22 — I thought this blog was turning into Alfred Uncensored. All Alfred talks about is democrats and liberals.

    #19 — I agree. Change will not occur until voting habits change. Third parties will not become influential until people make them influential.

    The current Republican party will not fix itself until a third party challenges it. May be the Pirate Party (http://pirate-party.us/) could be the challenger.

  24. Alfred1 says:

    #22 Hey bubble boy…I can’t drink decaffeinated anymore…it reminds me of you…no active ingrediant in the bean.

  25. Alfred1 says:

    #23 Warms me heart the truth is so upsetting to you.

  26. qb says:

    #25 Wow, it’s talk like a pirate day already!

  27. Alfred1 says:

    #15 Sarah Palin causes your rear end to twitch…like it did when you were in prison…

    She is the embodiment of liberty, her pioneer lifestyle implies freedom from Government…

    2012 is hers…and we will need her executive experience to roll back EVERYTHING Obamaphiles have enacted…and we must try to recover the billions that were stolen.

    Its plausible the loons were envious over what Madoff accomplished…so they did him trillions better via bailouts…

    We must restore the death penalty for theft in office so we can apply it to everyone in Government now.

  28. Alfred1 says:

    #26 Aye!

  29. Alfred1 says:

    #17 I was thinking of joining a third party…one innocent of all the statism…and bailouts…

    But Rush Limbaugh observed Ross Perot( whom I voted for) only succeeded in getting Bill Clinton elected.

    So I’m working on the inside to make the Republican party hit bottom faster…so we can build it back up to represent the people….like it did when Ronald Reagan was president…

  30. Hmeyers says:

    Republicans still don’t understand what there problem is.

    They think the problem is RINOs or members not being conservative enough.

    I personally am sick of the word conservative.

    What does this mean in the context it is being used in?

    My definition of conservative how the Republicans have practiced it is:

    1. free market to the extent of neglect of government’s duty to keep an eye on things

    2. Appeal to the uneducated masses to the extent you drink your own kool-aid. Science? Stupid! Social services? The lazy bastards.

    There is nothing more dangerous than a party with an identity crisis because you cannot know what to expect and charlatans try to take control is such situations.

    Our 2 party system sucks, but I’d far rather see a thinking and evolving democratic party in control of things.


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