Monday, February 09, 2009 why exactly do they think the Republican Party is shrinking -- imploding, even?

Wow. Almost 15 years after the 1994 Republican revolution, when the Republicans are more or less bleeding out on the mat precisely because they tried to co-opt the policies of those they kicked out of power, some people in that party are still afraid of Rush Limbaugh?...

Obama is “obviously more frightened of me than he is Mitch McConnell. He’s more frightened of me, than he is of, say, John Boehner, which doesn’t say much about our party,” Limbaugh said on the air referring, respectively, to the GOP leaders in the Senate and House.
That may be cause for personal congratulation (not to mention a bigger audience). But as Republicans grapple with their fall from power and undertake some inevitable soul-searching, not all are comfortable with Limbaugh’s suggestion that he, by default, has become the party’s unofficial leader.
“He motivates a core Republican, who is a very important part of the Republican coalition and we need those guys to be interested and active,” said Jan van Lohuizen, a GOP strategist in Washington. “But it’s not enough. The Republican Party has shrunk and it needs to be expanding.

So, again, why does this strategist think the party has shrunk? I'm guessing she's just as clueless as all the rest of them and therefore thinks the GOP has imploded because it's gone "too far to the right" or some such bullshit. If the party has drifted too far to the right, how does one explain the fact that John McCain, billed by many as "the least repulsive Democrat running," was the party's presidential nominee this go-round? How does one explain the fact that McCain's poll numbers went up like they did only after he selected Sarah Palin as his running mate, who could hardly be considered a centrist? They were hardly two peas in a pod, considering some were saying Palin was the closest thing to a libertarian we were ever likely to get. And the firebrand Limbaugh was a big fan of Palin as well. So, let's see here...Rush Limbaugh motivates the GOP base, as did Sarah Palin, which is something that is sorely needed these days. If I were a Republican strategist I'd call that a clue. Which might explain why I am not a Republican strategist.
Mmmm, yet more old-school Metallica, at the Boneyard, Sirius Ch. 19: "...blinded by me, you can't see a thing, just call my name 'cause I'll hear you screaaaam...MASTER! MASTER!"