The basic premise to this is wrong. Ron Paul is NOT taking a significant amount of voters AWAY from the Republican base... he is instead ADDING his voters to the party. It's the young kids who would otherwise be liberals(or Green party or Anarchists or some other group) that he has been able to make serious headway among. They are anti-establishment types that would NOT be voting Republican and possibly would instead turn to the Democrats or to a fringe group. Yes this has some effect on the future of the Republican party... but it could also affect the future of the Democratic party ... the youth of America is becoming more and more fiscally conservative while maintaining extremely liberal social ideas. The smart move is for the Repubs to stop alienating these people and throw them a few bones to get them onboard for life.