...the Republican party is increasingly marginalizing itself, the report says, making it harder to win future presidential races. As the party drives around in an ideological cul-de-sac, its public reputation has hit record lows. We have become expert in how to provide ideological reinforcement to like-minded people, but devastatingly we have lost the ability to be persuasive with or welcoming to those who do not agree with us on every issue.

This is an encouragingly candid self-assessment on the part of Republican leaders.

Yeap, what's more in Tune with what I've been touting over a month ago? From imminent sociologist Daniel Bell an explanation of the phenomenom of ideological thinking,

The tendency to convert concrete issues into ideological problems, to invest them with moral color and high emotional charge, is to invite conflicts which can only damage a society.
-Status Politics & New Anxieties, on the Radical Right and the Ideologies of the Fifties Daniel Bell, 2000.