Instead of “lifelong republican” we should have made the standard, “could not have left the GOP because it was to conservative”, that would have excluded Mitt Romney, who left the GOP and did not rejoin until after the Reagan Revolution and his veep’s presidency was over.
Romney was probably no more a Republican than Obama is a Democrat... indeed, Romney’s general values were quite akin to the regular Dem party... whereas HusseinO’s are patently Marxist/Islamofascist (sort of a hybrid really) and there are tons of D party members who are very concerned and discouraged what’s happened to the D party (that it has been usurped or taken over by an extremist radical fringe, or whatever)
so both parties nominated “non-traditional candidates”
or candidates outside their “main streams”
that’s as far as I can go with this, I don’t know why or what’s happening (other than in the D party there has been some major, major funding coming in from anti-American, largely foreign, Islamicist sources... which would explain the D party problem at least in part... but this was known in 2008 and the R’s said nothing and did nothing about it... which I can’t explain, either)