To be clear, there are very good reasons the GOP has become divided over the past couple of decades. Where once the GOP was (at least perceived to be) a champion of reduced spending and lower taxes, it has in effect become a party of increased spending, while paying lip-service to lowering taxes across the board.
So now many conservatives have turned to alternatives: The Tea Party advocates the following top three in their platform:
1. Eliminate Excessive Taxes
2. Eliminate the National Debt
3. Eliminate Deficit Spending
The Libertarians advocate the following top three in their platform:
1. Personal liberty
2. Economic liberty
3. Securing liberty
Under 2.4, they have the following:
All persons are entitled to keep the fruits of their labor. We call for the repeal of the income tax, the abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service and all federal programs and services not required under the U.S. Constitution. We oppose any legal requirements forcing employers to serve as tax collectors. Government should not incur debt, which burdens future generations without their consent. We support the passage of a "Balanced Budget Amendment" to the U.S. Constitution, provided that the budget is balanced exclusively by cutting expenditures, and not by raising taxes.
So we see a common theme between those two parties: End deficit spending, and pay down the debt. That's something the GOP did not do when last in power under G.W. Bush, and many conservatives felt that Mr. Romney would pay shallow lip service while continuing deficit spending - albeit spending on different programs than the current Administration.
So why do I bring this up? The GOP has lost its way, or at least that's how many conservatives perceive it. So they've turned their votes to the Libertarians and the Tea Party. Moreover, many chose not to vote at all in the last Presidential election.
And so the claim of Mr. Obama's agenda being widely supported by most Americans is questionable, since we know that a lot of folks out there with otherwise conservative leanings did not vote for Mr. Romney.
What's the take-away? I firmly believe this schism will continue, as will the divide between ideologies of the American people. The "rule of two" we've seen for more than 200 years may be finally coming to a close, as it is revealed that what once worked will work no longer.