"I don’t think the party ought to move dramatically to the left, for example, in order to try to redefine its base."which yet again points out the limitations of the traditional "left/right" shibboleths. From where I'm sitting, the GOP has moved too far to the left for the last fifteen or more years. With the exception of the lies and broken promises of the "Contract With America", the GOP has consistently countered the Democrats' "Big Government" platform with their own "Big Government with a side order of Jesus" one.
The GOP wouldn't be in this position if they hadn't turned into Democrats Against Flag Burning (But In Favor Of Tanks.)
Seriously, spend like drunken sailors, expand existing government agencies while creating whole new ones of dubious Constitutionality, meddle in traditionally Democrat minefields like education and Medicare, and it doesn't matter how you rearrange the stem cell and gay marriage deck chairs on the USS Pachyderm, your ship is going down.
But before all you loyal donkeys out there get too giddy with your Gatorade dousings, ponder this: A rudderless GOP tendered up the lamest candidate imaginable, with the looks of Amonhotep III, a completely demagnetized policy needle, and all the public speaking skills of Marcel Marceau, and even with the most charismatic presidential candidate to make it to the finals since 1984, you still only got 52% of the vote. Barry should have beat McCain like a drum on personality alone, so I wouldn't be too quick to count the GOP out; after all, wasn't it just eight years ago that the Donks were pronounced DOA?