In the last presidential election, nominated governor Romneycare
In the election before that, nominated Senator McCain-Feingold
The current huge increase in government expenditures and substantial increase in taxes reflects a bipartisan budget that your Tea Party congressman voted for – which means that your tea party congressman voted to fund Obamacare.
And, very shortly after the 2014 election, the Republican party is about bring in thirty million Democrat voters. (Each person amnestied gets to bring in relatives, and, in the 1986 amnesty, promptly did so. We also had a huge, though short lived, baby boom among immigrants, probably because immigration rights for kin boosted and, for a little while enforced, marriage. This caused some people to say that the immigrants were naturally socially conservative, though fertility eventually declined to normal underclass levels as the freshly imported women started normal underclass sexual behavior, responding to welfare incentives, rather than immigration control incentives. It eventually became glaringly obvious that Mexican immigrants are not socially conservative, once they become eligible for welfare.)
It is deemed essential that the Democrat party appease its base, hence the ban on the Keystone pipeline, while the Republican party can take its base for granted, and should always do what maximally offends them. Every Democrat agrees it is essential to pander to the most radical democrats, while most Republicans agree that the Republican wing of the Republican party are ugly hateful racist neanderthals.
And remember the Reagan Revolution. Without the 1986 Reagan Amnesty act Obama would not have won the election, and probably would not have been nominated.
At election time, candidates posture about how right wing they are. Sometimes they do dramatic things like “shutting down the government” – which invariably and predictably end in the total and complete capitulation of the right. When it is time to pass a budget or a law, they are all leftists. Just as you don’t get into Harvard except you can do an adequate simulation of leftism, you don’t get into politics unless you can adequately simulate leftism, even though you have simulate rightism for those hateful despicable disgusting voters. Democrats are the inner party, Republicans the outer party. They are all one party, the party of the state, preaching the religion of the state.