But then something terrible happened. They managed to get George W. Bush elected and things started to go to shit; 9/11 proved they weren't keeping the nation safe and sound, and they lied about weapons of mass destruction. Oh, and the GOP spent money like it was going out of style. They were also the party in charge when the country suffered the 2nd worst economic disaster in history (and, of course, they blamed Clinton.) The stool was wobbling back and forth so hard it was a wonder it kept standing.
And so the GOP turned towards the only leg they seemed to have left to stand on, the Social Conservatives. Almost immediately they started claiming they were under attack. Their flawed line of reasoning being that if you're not doing what they want you to do, then you must be attacking them. Suddenly, they saying there was a war against Christianity. However, instead of steadying the stool, they only added more to the wobble.
Now, all three legs are trying to beat the shit out of each other. The Social Conservatives are promoting their hate by creating laws that discriminate and the Fiscal Conservatives are saying Hell No, we need to make money and your stupid rules are hurting us. The Foreign Policy Conservatives have stabbed themselves so many times with Benghazi, and email charges, and more blame against Clinton, they're barely standing. Small minds do terrible things.
If Donald Trump is right, come July, this whole thing is going to be torched. Ah, well, that's life.