Conservative financial theorist Larry Hunter, who helped put together the economics passages in the Gingrich-led Contract with America of the mid-1990s, and who served as chief economist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, views the Republican Party as a "dead, rotting carcass with a few decrepit old leaders stumbling around like zombies in a horror version of Weekend at Bernie's, handcuffed to a corpse."
Unless the Republican Party is thoroughly purged of its current leadership, Hunter fears that it "will pollute the political environment to toxic levels and create an epidemic that could damage the country for generations to come."
Hunter is now an Obama supporter. Like other conservatives who see hope in a break with the past, he concedes that Obama is saying the wrong things on taxes but dismisses it as electioneering. Of far greater importance, in Hunter's view, is that Obama has the potential to "scramble the political deck, break up old alliances, and bring odd bedfellows together in a new coalition."
Many other examples in 'Mr. Right?,' an article on "Obama-cons" by Bruce Bartlett in the The New Republic.