The NYT’s Adam Nagourney captures the current state of the Republican landscape pretty well today. On the most tangible level, the vote [in Tuesday
January 17, 2008

The NYT’s Adam Nagourney captures the current state of the Republican landscape pretty well today.

On the most tangible level, the vote [in Tuesday] on Tuesday was proof from the ballot box of what polls have shown: this is a party that is adrift, deeply divided and uninspired when it comes to its presidential candidates and unsure of how to counter an energized Democratic Party.

One need not look too hard to find similar descriptions elsewhere. I’ve seen some describe the state of the Republican race as “chaos.” Others call it a “free-for-all.” Others still are talking about unprecedented “disarray.”

Oddly enough, it might get worse.

[H]ere is what Rush Limbaugh said about McCain and Huckabee on his program today: “I’m here to tell you, if either of these two guys get the nomination, it’s going to destroy the Republican Party, it’s going to change it forever, be the end of it.” This week, Rush and his radio mimics have been on the rampage on the party’s modernizers, from Newt Gingrich on over.

This thing will only get uglier.

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