You really think so?
Well, shoot, if it's that important, why bother to have an election? Just let King George II declare a national emergency and cancel the whole shebang. That would do it.
The primary reason we have two major political parties is to get their respective candidates elected. The secondary reason is to keep the money flowing to a paid staff of consultants, pundits, pollsters and hangers-on whose loyalty to their party greatly exceeds their fervor for any particular political ideology.
It's becoming increasingly evident that the secondary reason is fast gaining on the primary one, as both the elephants and the donkeys sink into the abyss that consumed their ancestors, the giant lizards and the sabre-toothed tiger, and will some day soon devour what we used to call the three networks.
Even as players in the two major parties become more and more vitriolic in their outrage at one another, the parties' relevance to the real world is becoming less and less important. They couldn't fix a football game, let alone a national election. Furthermore, most Americans don't actually care, as long as they've got movies and sports and cheap (subsidized) daycare for the young-uns.
The tide is running against Republicans this year, whether we like it or not. By 2010, or sooner if Hillary follows Bill's lead, it could well be going back the other way. There's not a whole lot we can do about it, as a party or as individuals.
Especially as a party.