Until the GOP abandons its social issues that cling and connect only with the old and religious, its days of winning a presidential election are over. Al is correct, 45% of the populace would vote for a turnip over the best GOP candidate out there. If the turnip could speak then its over for the GOP.
As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. -HL Mencken 1933