MB, the Republican Party learned from those choices that they can, safely, not only ignore, but flip off, their rank and file membership, (a) because the membership isn’t a voting majority, and (b) because they don’t cough up the $$ it takes to gain office, and (c) because they have no better party to go to.
While both “major” parties can be justly accused of being “about the money,” the Repugs are generally, only about the money, while the Demons are about money manipulations eventually producing “fundamental transformation” of the entire populace (except for themselves and their sponsors/donors, of course) finally reduced to absolute dependence on (hence, subservient to) the (Dem-controlled) government for survival. The Repugs will (evidently) settle for cheap labor — serfs; the Demons want government-owned slaves. Is one manipulator better than the other? You tell me.
“When a society establishes criminals-by-right and looters-by-law, men who use force to seize the wealth of disarmed victims, then money becomes its creators’ avenger. Such looters believe it safe to rob defenseless men, once they’ve passed a law to disarm them. But their loot becomes the magnet for other looters, who get it from them as they got it. Then the race goes, not to the ablest at production, but to those most ruthless at brutality. When force is the standard, the murderer wins over the pickpocket. And then that society vanishes, in a spread of ruins and slaughter.” ― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged