The sad part of this election for me is John McCain's campaign. I used to respect him as an open minded man with a conservative bent. I honestly thought he was different from the Rove/Limbaugh/Hannity/Focus on the Family/DeLay wing of the party. I remember one time earlier in the year when he appeared on the Daily Show. He had just given a speech at James Dobson's "church" (mall is more like it). This is after he had publicly denounced this brand of evangelicals. Asked by Stewart about this contradiction (specifically if McCain had gone to "crazy base land") he owned up to it in a very self effacing and endearing way. You got the feeling he hadn't completely sold his soul. I certainly preferred him to Mitt Romney or Rudy who to me are the most phony politicians I know, those two will say anything to get elected.
But then McCain ran a campaign that was arguably more disingenuous that GWB. Including hiring the very people who smeared him in 2000 with "Black Baby" robocalls. And then there was Sarah. If she is not the canary in the GOP coalmine I don't know who is. With her selection the GOP alienated every woman with a frontal lobe in the country. Palin is the Archetypal cheerleeder know nothing who gets promoted because she was "cute". She is the Anti Feminist. Choosing her is so tone deaf as to be beyond belief. Also, FWIW she is not hot. WRT her running in 2012 I have this to say "Bring it Bayotch". The GOP may not be dead this year, but it's on life support and the prognosis is not good.