When I started taking an interest in state politics, 'bout twenty year back, it didn't take me long to observe two things:
- The Democratic Party was irredeemably corrupt, and
- The Republican Party was totally useless.
Seriously: the Republican Party Elders were concerned only with putting on a show, and holding onto the little share of the action that was reserved for them, which has been shrinking for a long time. (This congressional district, for example, used to be a RINO set-aside, but has long since been assigned to a Corporate Democrat.)
The Democrats need to allow the Republicans a small noisy presence in government, as all the state's problems can be handily blamed on the existence of those few Republicans.
It's only gotten worse, as Tim Cavanaugh notes.
Only way to fix it would be a hostile takeover of the Party... or a whole new party. Either way, the establishment press would be implacably hostile from the get-go, and would promptly assign the new movement a defamatory label and a fictional list of horrible goals, which would be firmly and preemptively fixed in the public mind before the organization had even gotten started.