The GOP's political problems have many causes, but distilled to their essence, they can be stated in one sentence: The Republican Party hasn't taken seriously the responsibilities of governing. In fact, if the Republicans could govern as expertly and as diligently as they campaign — if they simply cared as much about governing as campaigning — the country might today be reaping the benefits of great prosperity and global respect, and the Democrats would have gone the way of the Whigs. But look around: That's not exactly how things are. The foundations of Republican success on the campaign trail have been appeals to tribal politics — "they" aren't like "us" — and the easy answers of ideology. But once in power, tribal politics, fixed ideology and a disdain for the hard work of governance have proved disastrous.
Jay Bookman, Atlanta Journal Constititution