Originally posted 2008-05-23 13:31:25 -0500; bumped by GH. The best part? This phrase: "...how little life is left in the movement that Goldwater began, Nixon brought into power, Ronald Reagan gave mass appeal, Newt Gingrich radicalized, Tom DeLay criminalized, and Bush allowed to break into pieces."
George Packer in this week's The New Yorker article The Fall of Conservatism details much, much more than what he perceives as the demise of the Republican control.
As one inkling of proof of the descending chaos, Packer writes "Among Republicans, there is no energy, no fresh thinking, no ability to capture the concerns and feelings of millions of people. In the past two months, Democratic targets of polarization attacks have won three special congressional elections, in solidly Republican districts in Illinois, Louisiana, and Mississippi."