I'm a believer in the two party system, even though I'm not a member of any party, but it's increasingly clear that the GOP should not be one of the parties. Call it LBJ's Revenge: By passing civil right's legislation in the 60s, he did indeed give Republicans the South for a generation. But they didn't inherit the South's proud tradition of Al Gore Sr. (a Southern Dem who voted for the Civil Right's Act) or Barry Goldwater (a small-l-libertarian conservative who was disgusted at the religious fanatics taking over his party).
No, the GOP inherited Strom Thurmond's Dixiecrat Party. The same range of people who voted "Segregation Forever!" in 1948 are the Sarah Palin "base" of the current GOP. And now, they don't even have Sarah Palin.
The Dixiepubs have nowhere to go except crazier and crazier. It's been fun to watch, at times, but I predict it will become sad and painful. Just hours after I was on a panel, "Why Am I Getting My News From A Comedy Show?", the country desperately needs real journalists to put all this in perspective, and the best real journalism is coming from the comedy shows.