Andrew Sullivan ponders the idea of Goldwater Democrats. We've had Reagan Democrats who fled to the GOP when things got a bit too hairy (literally, for some) in the Democratic party. Why not a similar switch for those who are being drummed out of the current Republican ranks?
I have never thought of myself as a Democrat or left-liberal in any way. And there are plenty of people among Democrats I do not agree with at all. But it's getting to the point that the illiberal, authoritarian big government Christianism of the GOP makes me completely supportive of backing the Democrats this time around.
Given the demonizing of the Democratic party over the last 10 years, I would be surpirsed to see an actual movement of former Republicans making the switch, but Conservatives clearly have no home in the current Republican tent. Might as well sleep with the enemy until it's safe to go home, eh?