Historically speaking, the Conservatives mostly identify with the Republican Party. This is why the liars of the Left are so afraid of Conservatism and make the claim that the GOP needs to move to the Left. However, the Silent Majority, historically, is the Conservative Movement and have been for decades considered to be the Sleeping Giant.
For many years now, the Democrats have boasted that there are more Democrats than there are Republicans. There are many reasons for that and for the most part, disenchanted and disenfranchised Conservatives have left the GOP for that independent stature to force the GOP to work for their vote. It may be paying off and, as Douglas V Gibbs says, "the Party just might be salvageable". This remains to be seen and the only way the GOP can save itself is to shed the GOP/RNC of the Democrats In Drag within the rank and file. It can be done but it will be painful.
I am not all about a Third Party because due to the current system, Third Parties are not afforded the same benefits as the D and R pukes. Not only is that all wrong, deceptive, unfair and flat out unethical, it represents the political power grabs and the political footballs being tossed about.
The conservatives in the D and R parties are perhaps coming to their Patriotic Senses and stepping up to the plate. This also remains to be seen.
It could be that the article entitled, "How To Curtail the Federal Beast" by Judge Andrew Napolitano just might be doing the trick. The power of the federal government has been creeping up and up due to their overstepping their bounds by unconstitutionally distorting the Commerce Clause. Albeit that is a fact, curbing that beast could result in blood shed both metaphorically and physically.