Doughfoot makes excellent points. My observations are however that the “rank and file” Republicans ARE, and have been since Reagan/Rumsfeld/Rove and Cheney, on the off ramp. Too many Democrats as well have neglected the challenge Kennedy put forth. Yes, there are indeed many still who do want to care for this nation and the founding father’s ideals– you will find none of them currently campaigning as “Republicans” though, they are the “All for me, and me for me too” brigade. It is sad, and yes, even Ike is probably spinning in his grave with disgust at what passes today for “conservative”. Even Nixon is probably a little dizzy.
The only loophole “conservatives” have closed, is the one from their minds to wisdom. Ryan will close loopholes when the devil ice skates to work.