"BTW, that's what they used to say about RINO James Leach in the Democrat-leaning IA-02 (which gave Kerry his highest percentage in a GOP-held district) until he lost last Tuesday. Funny how a bad electoral environment can smoke out even "entrenched" incumbents. If Boucher faces a top-tier challenger and 2008 is a good GOP year, he may find that his local support was a mile wide and an inch deep."
That would be the hope. But it can only happen if we 'nationalize' these races on issues favorable to Republicans. that would be taxes, spending, social issues, and weak v strong on defense/national security.
However, so far, Bush is doing everything he can to annoint the Democrats with as much power as possible and meet in the middle. The frightening result of this will be the disaffection of conservatives and the ability of Democrats to mush up issues.
We need a) lots of liberal legislation voted on in Congress, *and* b) the veto pen needs to come out and it needs to strike thebad stuff down so people know where the GOP is, and c) challengeers need to run against these folks with a
"TOO LIBERAL, TOO LONG." Message.