This is for a serious discussion only. Looks like 8 years of a BIG! government and BIG spending republican party has pretty much left the GOP in turmoil. The Republican party used to represent SMALL government and cutting spending. What happened to Paygo? Bush pushed through Medicare plan D which was a huge expense. Bush got us into TWO very expensive wars Bush signed anything that came across his desk. And of course Government is much bigger after Bush left, with Obama continuing the progress. The problem with the Republicans is they are no longer what was supposed to be Republicans and now voters have no trust in what the GOP represents. This opens up the door to the Tea Party.