That's the headline in the Northern Kentucky Enquirer today. And as anybody in this region of the state who is paying attention will have to admit, the GOP brand just ain't what it used to be.
First there was the TEA party which peeled off disgruntled conservatives who were tired of compromise and an ineffective republican caucus in Congress which they saw being as much a part of the problem as the democrats.
Then the TEA party was overrun by Ron Paul supporters and then by remnants of the old John Birch society who were fired up against Obama on more levels than could be spoken in public.
Then when Jim Bunning found himself challenged in the primary by Trey Grayson some stood aghast at the rift which then in turn gave Rand Paul an opening to win the loyalty of the Bunning folks in Northern Kentucky to defeat Grayson and eventually win the seat he now holds.
But during the re-organization of the party last year another rift opened. Some people who had been registered republican and wanted to be elected to party office in various counties were "red-starred" because they had supported the ballot petition of Libertarian candidate Ken Moehllman. Helping to add a name to the ballot when the GOP had KC Crosbie as their nominee was considered giving aid to the enemy. Moehllman could be expected to draw down votes from the republican and that did not sit well with some.
But many people, including Thomas Massie, sided with the ostarcized 'pubs and that tempest in the TEA pot eventually died down. In fact, it seems to have healed very nicely judging by a Facebook post of KC Crosbie today saying how much she enjoyed hearing Massie speak recently.
But just how far the Libertarian party gets is pretty hard to predict. According to Scott Wartman at the Enquirer, they have more than doubled their registered voters in the last 8 years, but they still have fewer than 3,000 members statewide.
Is all this talk about the surge of the Libertarians just the euphoric haze of the success of the Ron Paul faction gathering a bit of press for itself? Probably. But as more and more young people look for a place in politics the more "liberal" part of being a libertarian might become much more appealing than the stodgy old conservatism of the old guard GOP.
I kinda remember that feeling. It was the climate of the country during the Nixon years. Only in those days Nixon won, not McGovern. Now it looks like McGovernment is winning, which is clearly the unintended consequence of the Libertarian movement.