"The Republican Party is more unpopular than at any point in the past 40 years. Democrats have a 50 to 36 party identification advantage, the widest in a generation. The general public prefers Democratic approaches on health care, corruption, the economy and Iraq by double-digit margins. Republicans’ losses have come across the board, but the G.O.P. has been hemorrhaging support among independent voters. Surveys from the Pew Research Center and The Washington Post, Kaiser Foundation and Harvard University show that independents are moving away from the G.O.P. on social issues, globalization and the roles of religion and government."
Obviously, while you can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, you can't fool all of the people, all of the time.
Frankly, with the singular exception of Ron Paul, I don't think there's a single Republican candidate who has not already managed to pre-position themselves for a sure loss in the general election, where Independants will (as always) determine the outcome. Gulianni may be another, less obvious exception, but in the sense of being relatively less UNpopular, rather than commanding a great deal of popular support.
But the real problem - and one that includes Dr. No himself - is that the Republicans do not command a single positive idea. Not a one. It's all about who's fault things are, what things should be eliminated, how taxes are bad and how "godless liberalism" is leading to the downfall of our culture. Yeah, well, some of us think that the superficial godbothering and pearlclutching of the REPUBLICANS has lead to the downfall of our culture - and the credibility of the Christian faith.