The daily back and forth, engendered by the unique aspects of this particular election, is no more. And all of the excitement is gone with it.
But wait, the "eat each other" attitude of the GOP as they rehash their losses and lay the blame hither and yon, is quite entertaining, and worthy of a few good posts, at the least.
The infighting amongst members of the G.O.P. is not solely because they lost this election after eight long years of bad behavior, but rather, it is about an essential split in the Republican party, characterized by conservatives, genuine conservatives in the manner of Christopher T. Buckley and Christopher Hitchens, going blue, en masse, because of some very fundamental differences that were irresolvable.
Since then we have learned much about the changes occurring in the G.O.P., including the following:
>>Many of the wealthiest members of the G.O.P., a group that has always been solidly Republican, went blue in 2008, in a huge swing of 34%.
>>A large number of the most notable Republicans, or the Republican elite, publicly endorsed Barack Obama. Many others in this same group, kept silent, but did not endorse John McCain, while many others still, publicly criticized McCain, but did not publicly endorse Obama. One of these, former Michigan governor, William Milliken, has since publicly acknowledged that he voted for Barack Obama. Milliken had previously endorsed Senator McCain during the primaries.
>>The G.O.P lost to the Democrats in every region of the country by double digits except the South, where they won by less than double digits (9 pts). | Source
Part Two to follow in the next week or so.
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