By Kelse Moen
With the hot, passionate nights of the Republican primaries over, conservatives all across America are waking up the next morning and asking, “Oh God, what did I do?” First it was Ann Coulter who proclaimed on Hannity & Colmes that she would rather campaign for Hillary than vote for McCain. Libertarian-leaning Republican Andrew Sullivan has leant his unequivocal support to Obama and the anti-war conservative Justin Raimondo stopped just short of endorsing him in his own blog. Just the other day, a conservative Ohio radio host declared that he has “had it up to here” with John McCain and will never support him. And of course, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity have been less than favorable.
Generally, there are two schools of thought here (three if you count the people, like Coulter, who just really, really hate McCain). The Sullivan/Raimondo camp believes, albeit hesitantly, that the Democratic Party will do a better job of promoting their ideals from now on than the Republicans can. Unfortunately for them, this camp could fit in one tent.
Others believe that what the Republican Party needs is a good trouncing if it wants to reclaim its principles. Just like the heartache of the Kerry campaign led Democrats to search for a truer liberal in 2008, a loss this year could inspire Republicans to get back to their Goldwater/Reagan/Gingrich roots in 2012. Of course, an electoral defeat and at least 4 years of an Obama administration are tough for most conservatives to accept. They may soon decide that a bad Republican is better than any Democrat.
Only time will tell what the mood will be come November. Still, if liberals and independents are gravitating to Obama, and conservatives are pulling away from McCain, one has to ask: who will vote for McCain?