Time’s latest cover story, “The End of a Revolution,” observes that:
…after controlling both houses of Congress and the White House for most of Bush's six years in office, the party has a governing record that has come unmoored from those Grand Old Party ideals. The exquisite political machinery that aces the elections has begun to betray the platform. […] G.O.P. leaders are so desperate to find someone else to blame that they have been reduced--with no indication that they see the irony--to blaming a vast left-wing conspiracy.
The SCLM didn’t cause GOP corruption, but it can help to clean it up.