After the 60's, the Republicans made a deal with the John Bircher Reactionary Right-Wingers, tapping into their boundless butt-hurt energy, religious bigotry, and simmering racial resentment, in order to win elections. And it worked, Republicans got Nixon, Reagan, and W elected twice, those 3 Villians alone did massive damage to the Nation as was intended. But, they also succeeded in taking Congress several times, enacting the 1994 Contract on America for instance, and numerous other state and local offices.
But, along the way the conservatives began to inflitrate all levels of the Republican Party and displace the so-called "RINOs", until the GOP effectively became their party.
The establishment Republican candidates for President in 2016, are confused and annoyed. Back in 1900, William
Of course, what's happened is for the last 35 years Republicans have been promising to destroy Liberalism, bring about the New Dawn, recreate the Never Was Shining-Utopia-on-a-Hill, and haven't delievered. Conservatives have been greedily eating a steady diet of right-wing shit and plutocratic pablum and are sitting around, usually working hard at two or three jobs, wondering why they aren't millionaires? So, conservatives have decided to Take their Country Back and Make America Great Again.
Having sucked in the Propaganda for decades, conservatives fully believe the US to be a Center-Right Nation and that Conservatism can never fail, it can only be failed. They're sick and tired of half-measures and "liberals" like George W(orst Potus Ever) Bush, Eric Cantor, and the new Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
They need someone in Government who is going to undo all the "Tyranny" President Obama enacted during his "lawless" 8 years. They need someone who is going to undo all the free give aways that Obama gave to the "blaaaaaa-ck people". They need someone who's going to be "tough" with Iran, show Putin who's the boss, enshrine Christianity as the National Religion, eliminate the EPA (for some reason), kick out the Mexicans, torture the Muslims, while putting women, blacks, and liberals back in their place.
They yearn for someone with Undiluted Conservative Evil, a Pure Blooded Right-Winger, who will tap the pleasure centers of their petty, mean, bigoted, hateful, and vicious brains.
You're either with them... Or against them.