The Republican party had behaved so badly in opposition, I think they need a bit more practice in opposition so they can learn how to do it honorably. The Tea Party, and the takeover of the Republican party by the neo-conservatives, will ruin the chances for a Republican president in 2012. The moderate Republicans will be forced out of the party, even though they account for the majority of members, and we'll be left with a fringe party of radical extremists. But this is a good thing, as it might lead to the formation of a viable third party with a centrist philosophy. That's where the majority of people would vote, and we would have the amusing spectacle of a fringe radical extremist conservative party and a fringe radical extremist liberal party, ranting at each other, but with no real power or influence.