The Republican party today is in much the same state that the Democrats were in 1981. They have recently lost an election to a carasmatic and popular guy, who's party rode his coatails onto power. Like the Democrats of the 80's the G O P is smaller, angry, and divided. The reason for this is that the G O P stopped doing the will of the majority of Americans, and despite a clear warning in the 2006 election, blindly pushed for a far right, narrow minded, ultraconservative agenda. The G O P has yet to acknolowlege:
1. Most Americans want healthcare for all (even if it means more taxes)
2. Most American's want American troops out of Iraq ASAP
3. Most Americans are unhappy with the way Bush and Co. oversold the need to invade Iraq
4. Most American's are unhappy with the way the deregulation policies and lack of oversight of Regan, Bush Sr, and Bush Jr. have caused the American financial system to tank.
5. Most Americans are unhappy with the G O P's silly attempts to cloak themselves in a viel of Christian purity, while one G O P lawmaker after another is caught having affairs with men and women (both young and old)
6. Most Americans remember that the last President who balanced a budget, and gave America it's last budget surplus was William Jefferson Clinton.
The G O P will rise again politically one day. They will have some self eximanation to do first, but eventually they will emerge wiser, more moderate, less arrogent, and more responsive to the will of most Americans.
Republicans today will of course, try to pick apart what I've said here, nevertheless I've been watching politics for over 35 years, and in time they'll be forced to admit I'm right.