Republicans are more symbolic of this era than Citigroup, GE, GM, or even AIG. They have vast needs that exceed financial and no bailout is available. Not that Democrats are any better off; they just happen to be in power. And, there is growing doubt that they are capable of using that power wisely.
The future of traditional parties is very much in question. Parties have rigged the system well enough that incumbents can stay elected, but why? The only realistic party is the “incumbent party” and it appears with each passing day they cannot meet the demands of our time.