Republicans love calling Democrats "socialists" which is not only sadly incorrect (I only WISH they were more socialist) but also rather non-damning (oh, those crazy Scandinavians and their free health care, unions, low crime rates, and hot swimsuit models). Ideological Socialists (as opposed to those who merely throw it in their name as in "National Socialist" or "Union of Soviet Socialists") have the historical advantage of being the least violent revolutionaries this side of Gandhi.
But the GOP is allowed by our diligent media to throw these labels around carelessly, all the while now the same Republican goofs simultaneously are describing themselves as insurgents, only they chose the Taliban. Which is really foolish because they don’t make for cool t-shirts.
Combine that with the last "8 years" of non-accomplishment and choosing a felonious, thrice-married, obese, racist, drug-addict as your spokesmodel and you’ve got the makings of a real minority party.
Here’s the success they get to build on, C-Span’s newest Presidential Rankings:
(picture from here)