You are well aware that the Tea Party is attempting to capture the Grand Old Party. If it succeeds, the GOP may well go the way of the Whigs, who supported slavery and disappeared after the Civil War.
As a traditional Republican you are dismayed by demagogues like Rick Perry, innocents like Michele Bachmann, and befuddled theorists like Ron Paul. You wait for a voice of reason, but bound by staunch party loyalty, remain silent. You worry about dire scenarios:
Tea Party extremism intensifies as the election nears, repels voters, and the GOP fades, perhaps never to extricate itself from its Tea party image.
The Tea Party dons a veneer of moderation, captures the White House, then enacts legislation that brings conflict and chaos. The U.S.A. fades as a moral beacon and world power. China and the Eurozone move in.
There’s a less gloomy scenario. One traditional Republican, standing strong, restores sanity, heartens and emboldens all traditional Republicans, and saves the GOP. Choose any issue — tax breaks for billionaires, oil subsidies, the jobs bill — break Tea Party ranks and cast your vote. Others will take heart, the Grand Old Party will find its traditional voice and return to its essential role as a main stream party and platform for honestly conservative ideas.
This third scenario may already be in progress, quiet voices exchanging ideas at a luncheon or committee meeting, making plans to stand against fanaticism, save the Grand Old Party, and assure that the U.S.A. has its two major political parties in the coming crucial years. Please make it so.