I hold out no real long lasting hope for the Republicans either. What we need are true republicans that transcend the two party system.
Ooh . . . A real republic-an. Repeal the 17th, and you've got my vote (ok, I really want more than repeal; I want prohibition on seating a senator chosen through popular election, or even after holding a referendum on who the legislature should appoint. I also want the appointment from a house of the state legislature which has a taxation requirement for voting.)