Thomas Friedman is quickly becoming one of my favorite reads in the opinion section of the New York Times. I don’t always agree with him, but even when I don’t, his points are almost always well-reasoned and salient.

Just yesterday, he penned an incredibly interesting take on how the Republican party just does not seem to be using the momentum its gained from Barack Obama’s lackluster first year in office.

One of his arguments? The fact that two major factions of GOP seem to be headed in very different directions with one very loose tie that binds:

One reason the G.O.P. has failed to spawn an agenda for the 21st century is that globalization has fragmented the party. Its Wall Street/multinational corporate wing understands we need immigration, free trade, clean-tech and government support for better infrastructure and the scientific research that is the wellspring of innovation. The Tea Party wing opposes virtually all those things. All that unites the two wings is their common desire for lower taxes — period.

I really agree with Friedman that the party is treading water with this whole “Just say no” philosophy, and personally, I think that if they want to stand any chance at making serious inroads with the American population, they need to channel some sort of positive messaging.

I’ve toyed with the notion of registering as an independent in the past, and right now is the closest I’ve ever come to actually pulling the trigger.