When the Republicans refer to the GOP as "the party of Lincoln," it's like Mr. Hyde referring to himself as a doctor. (OK, maybe not exactly, but I like metaphor.) There's some truth to the history, but little to be said about the present (or the near past, for that matter).
Many Republicans are owning up to the fact that Bush's recent performance in the debate against Kerry was pretty piss poor. But, really, isn't saying you saw George Bush give a bad speech akin to saying you saw a bad episode of Baywatch?