Rush Limbaugh recently said that if Obama wins, it will be the end of the Republican Party. And the truth is, the Republicans face a really difficult situation whether Obama wins or not. Minorities of all kinds tend to favor a stronger role for the federal government than most Republicans favor, and as a result generally support Democrats. In addition, Democrats are well positioned and actively trying to connect with veterans, another group that benefits from government largess. On the right, you have an awkward coalition of traditional Republicans, conservatives, and libertarians. If that coalition is not enough to get Republicans elected to the presidency, how do they expand the coalition without jeopardizing other parts of it? It seems to me their main strategy if Obama gets elected is to hope the economy goes into a tailspin so that people become desperate for an alternative. But, that might not happen, and even if it does, the promise of cutting the safety net is not necessarily enticing. Given the reality of changing demographics, will the Republican Party survive? Who will be the new Republicans?