In just 8 years the Republican party went from being the "Moral Majority", who wanted to keep America "pure" of sin, to a party who glorifies torture (I guess the King George version of the New Testament takes a strong pro-torture stance), defends war-criminals, and puts hatred before tolerance. As they slip deeper into the dark side of fringe extremism, their tent shrinks by the day, making them,and what few fanatical supporters they have left, even more desperate and irrational.
The GOP has become an obstructionist party, completely void of ideas and usefulness. They have sunk to a point of supporting torture simply because the Liberals are against it. This is a trend with the GOP, for they have done the same with global warming. They have taken the non-partisan issue of the health of our only home planet, and made it a "Red vs Blue" argument for political "gain". The GOP is more willing to cater to racists, homophobes, and those who use religion to justify their hatred, than they are willing to come up with ideas and rational arguments.
With this sudden, and complete failure of the Republican party, and the inevitable exodus that follows, the Libertarian party is now being tainted with the GOP refugees who are too embarrassed to stick to their guns, but still want to fight for useless and trivial issues like "Small Government" (an issue that has never meant anything at all to anyone, including ALL "Conservative" politicians), their hatred of taxes (despite their love of tax-funded luxuries), and the denial of civil rights to large numbers of American citizens (who contribute to society and pay their taxes). With the Libertarian party taking in these cowardly turn-coats, they will soon see the same corruption that the Republican party saw in the '80s. The Libertarian party, should this exodus actually make them a viable party, will soon be forced by out-of-touch politicians to take the stance of pro-life (which goes against the Libertarian philosophy by letting Big Government dictate which medical procedures women can and can't have done to their own bodies), pro-government-serveillance/Patriot Act (also goes against the Libertarian philosophy by allowing Big Government to spy on you and your fellow Americans in the name of pseudo-security), and pro-war-crimes.
The GOP and it's supporters will only get more desperate and they will only continue to lash out until they are completely defeated (which will happen soon) and then they will turn to violence, treason, and will stop at nothing to destroy the Nation which they can not control.