With the GOP fracturing (to what extent we don't know yet), it's apropos to talk about the constituent parts, which may soon be warring factions:
- The country club set of monied executives. They want a good business environment and as low taxation as they can get away with.
- The middle class/working class allies of the executives. They want a good business environment for the jobs it entails. They are pro-business and pro-development because they are pro-jobs.
- The social conservatives who are pro-prayer, pro-life, and anti-modernism. They got lip service during most of their association with the GOP, especially at the federal level. A lot of the establishment treated them as patsies, but enough patsies can take over large swathes of the party.
- The traditionalists who are fearful or resentful of the changes that started in the 60's and were embraced by the Democrats.
- The foreign policy hawks who want America safe and ascendant in the world.
- The fiscal conservatives who want the government to restrict its purview to the areas where it is necessary and effective, and thus stop wasting money on other areas. This isn't a philosophical viewpoint was much as a practical view.
- The anti-tax brigade that don't care whether government could do something well--they just want to pay the least tax they can.
- The libertarians who want a small federal government focused only on its limited constitutional role.
- The haters who are in the GOP because they hate the Democrats for assorted reasons. (The Dems have their hate wing too. I'm not just picking on the GOP.)