It’s early, WAY too early, for predictions, so here comes one anyway:
If Romney gets the nomination and loses the election, it’ll be blamed on the GOP not going hard enough right.
If Gingrich gets the nomination and loses the election, it’ll be blamed on the GOP not going hard enough right.
Either way, the crazy will get ramped up to levels that normal people will not believe; which the media will declare the new Middle Ground; and which the right will decide is too RINO and push even farther right.
At some point, the right will become convinced that it’s time to finally start the revolution and take it too far, only realizing just how badly they’ve misjudged the rest of the country and how badly they’ve just fucked up when a building has been blown up or a politician has been shot at. The ones who can scurry back into the cobwebbed corners will be allowed to hunker down for another decade or two—several of the ones who weren’t fast enough will go to prison.
Nothing will happen to Limbaugh, no matter how hard he was cheerleading for blown-up buildings or shot-at politicos.
Two things in life are certain: death, and NeoConfederates complaining that they lost an election because they weren’t hard right enough. Scott’s comment above sums it up quickly and precisely. Anyone thinking that an Obama landslide would end the nonsense of the last four years has badly underestimated the depths to which the GOP will sink. They truly believe their own agitprop, and won’t be forced to disbelieve it until they get their chance to actually fight their battle for the new Lost Cause – and LOSE, badly.
Election 2012 is, sadly, just the warm-up act.