It is non-conservative Republicans who have gotten the party to where it is today. It is the massive spending and government enlargement that have forced a significant part of the base to abandon the GOP. It is the pork projects and the related corruption of "moderates" that have dragged down the Republican brand. The people who have decidedly not been the downfall of the Republican Party are its conservatives. (...)
In 2006, the same NRSC now headed by Cornyn went all out for then-Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee, who faced a serious primary challenge from conservative Steve Laffey.
The NRSC spent $1.2 million on behalf of Chafee, the Republican National Committee unleashed the 72-hour get-out-the-vote drive usually reserved for general elections, and even Laura Bush campaigned for the same senator who refused to vote for her husband only two years prior.
With this help, Chafee managed to win the primary, but lost the general election by more than 7 percent of the vote. Soon thereafter, he left the Republican Party and endorsed Barack Obama for President. (...)