I recall the slogan from Barry Goldwater's campaign back in 1964: "A choice, not an echo." We face that same problem today. Republicans seem so timid to advance bold ideas that are necessary to establish what they stand for. Too often, they are simply warmed over "Democrat stew." The Karl Roves and Party stalwarts are unwilling or unable to return to solid Republican principles, and when they attempt to do so, they lack definitive programs to effect the change. They want to replace Obamacare - but with what? They want smaller government - but how? They want to deal with the economy and jobs - doing what, specifically?
As Winston Churchill said, "You have enemies. Good. That means you have stood for something sometime in your life." Too many Republicans, John Boenher comes to mind, are afraid to have enemies; and they stand for nothing.
Note: If we had elected Goldwater over Johnson, the Vietnam War would have been very different. Tens of thousands of lives would have been spared and it would have been over in short order. We would also not have created the welfare state of the "Great Society," that has consumed $22 trillion since 1966.