It seems like the Republican party became less and less fiscally conservative, less and less politically conservative (think smaller government), and became more and more religiously conservative.
you are right on the first two, but wrong on the 3rd. that's the way the press tries to paint republicans because they know it turns off a lot of people. it's not that the party has become more religious, it is that most people of faith identify more strongly with the right than the left. that is true for all of the major religions on moral issues, and for most, on security issues. even though catholics and jews tend to vote dem because their beliefs system lend themselves toward a favorable view of social welfare systems, many are beginning to vote for conservative (sometimes republican) candidates who are more hawkish and have a better understanding of world issues.
after 9/11 most of the world was in our corner, ready to help and bush/cheney blew it with their "my way or the highway attitude".
i always find this argument to be the most amusing. WTH do we care so much if the world loves us. what did that ever get us?
what is the presidents job? it is to do, within the constitution, what is best for the US. if he has to choose between that job, and being loved, he'd better choose his job! think back on the presidents recently who have been much loved by the world. jimmy carter...bill clinton. we don't even have to go into carter, but the path to 9/11 leads from carter and lands in the lap of the weak policies of clinton. his destruction of our intel gathering, and his fear of angering the word by doing what needed to be done in iraq and afghanistan, were major contributing factors to what happened. toss in a little somalia and yemen and he will bear the brunt of the blame when history is written.
but the world loved him.
now look at how obama is getting bent over on everything he tries to do. he's been shafted by russia on iran. the arabs are thumbing their noses at him, as are both the israelis and palestinians. the n koreans are shooting off rockets. he just signed some agreements at the g20 that are going to hasten the destruction of our economy, but everyone from china and india applauded him for it. hugo, castro, and achmaidiot, sing his praises. he can't even get a majority liberal congress to hasten his agenda. so far, it looks like they love him like the team loves the water boy. toss him a candy bar and pat him on the head.
someone will always lead. no one ever leads from a position of weakness.
the republican party is not a conservative party. it has not been for a long time. when you are given a candidate like mccain, you know you are in real trouble. even so, he would have been better than the much loved, and now rewarded by the world, obama.