The Republican party is on the verge of extinction. How more bizarre can you get than the case of South Carolina Gov.Mark Stanford? This is the guy that was being touted as presidential timber. Just astounding. As much as I dislike the current GOP I really am very sorry that the party is in the process of self-destructing. Any vibrant democracy needs an opposition voice, but that cannot be credible with the likes of Sarah Palin and Mark Stanford in the party. Nor can it be offered by the likes of Newt Gingrich, a vintage throughback to the 90's. A new party must be formed that will be more libertarian in philosophy and that has the agenda to attract young people and Hispanics. I became active in the Republican party in my early teens and that participation reached a peak with the election of Ronald Reagan. However, it's not the same party today and I cannot be a member any longer. Very sad.