Former Vice President Dick Cheney says he prefers Limbaugh's brand
of conservatism to that of Colin Powell
. This suggests that party elites continue to take a hard line even in the face of defectors like Arlen Specter
and a loss of support from the general public. The Republican strategy of ignoring the more even-tempered and moderate among them has put the party in a precarious position. They've spent years promoting neo-cons, driving the party to the right, and away from the average American voter. You lie in the bed you make.