Their brand of leadership can't withstand the scrutiny of the information age. Too much data out there, available to everyone via the Internet, contradicts the entire R platform. The only footholds they maintain are the ability to spew soundbyte "bumper sticker" slogans, and that they can also point to corruption on the D side (wherein D's are bribed to conform to R principles).
"The trouble with being a ghost writer or artist is that you must remain anonymous without credit.
If one wants the credit, one has to cease being a ghost and become a leader or innovator." — Bob Kane