"The Republican Party establishment should take note, when you have two national political leaders like Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin both talking about supporting center-right Democrats as a means to a ruling majority, a seriously disgruntled base, in addition to on going mostly non-partisan demonstrations in the streets, you have three significant developments you shouldn't ignore.
The governor, 45, said she shared former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's view that Republicans, now trailing Democrats and independents in registration in many states, should back moderate to conservative Democrats in congressional districts and states where Republicans stand almost no chance of winning.
The object would be to build a majority coalition that reflects what polls suggest is the center-right tilt of the U.S. electorate as a whole.
I wouldn't take this quite as far as a third party move, not yet. But more an independent center-right movement, as Tammy Bruce suggests. For the Republican Party, it could be a part of an internal struggle for the party itself."
This is not a struggle within the Republican party, it is the realization among conservatives that Republican does not equal conservative. Further, it is the realization among conservative Republicans that thier agenda (conservative agenda that is) is better served with Blue Dog Democrats (conservative Democrats) in office then if RINOs (Republican in name only / liberal republicans) are in power. This is not the rise of a third party, it is conservatives moving beyond the party system. That said, if the Republicans were smart they would use this as a wake up call and get back to their Regan/Goldwater roots.