Republican party is DEAD, the members are desperately holding on to Reagan dream My observations is Republican supporters are made up of laissez-faire idealist and strongly religious evangelical groups. But the trouble is the two types are not truly compatible. Evangelical types are all about religion guiding the morality of the nation to the point that the nation must pass laws that support religious doctrine (even if that doctrine is not actually biblical!! ) Laissez-faire (liken to Libertarian) is hands off, guide by own fate, individual, government-get-out-of-here, but while they may share the same religious beliefs as Evangelical, they do not support nor approve government efforts to enforce religious doctrine. I believe they are also fiscally conservative, as again the focus is local or individual financial responsibility (while Evangelical would spend tax money to support religious efforts). This schism has existed for decades but the last 15 years has made it more and more pronounced, one reason is growing distrust between the factions due to rigid stance on issues the other side feels can be adjusted (not critical for party doctrine) What keeps the party to mostly stick together is nostalgia for the Reagan (and Bush 1) days when the US saw excellent growth (at the cost of high deficits) and victory of the Soviets, the most fundamental enemy of American (in every way). How many times has the Reagan era been mentioned? Rarely is JFK, Eisenhower, or either of the Roosevelt (Democrat and Republican) mentioned. Today: What is happening now is the laissez-faire Libertarian group have a champion in Trump who they believe is truly Hands-Off, small government candidate. This desire for such a candidate is so strong that Trump can do no wrong they vocally support him regardless of what he says or does. That is why he is so popular, he represents appeals directly to core individual beliefs, and why pundits don't understand because they insist politics must always be a group consensus (which history proves is not true at all!) Meanwhile the Evangelical voters support the one they think is the most fundamentalist, that consensus be damned, it must be done by the (yet to be written parts of) the bible or to hell with you! Thus Cruz support. After all, like many preachers, they speak fire and brimstone even when what they attempt (replacing lost limbs, giving sight to eyeless people) is political impossible no matter how many times they try. This conflict has grown to the point that reason (Kasich) drowned as the emotional factions battle for the right to be called "Republican". In your comments, find the big picture. Trump and Cruz is only the symptom of what is happening to the conservative moment, which fly under the "Republican" banner.