[W]hatever they say, conservatives will have to accept [in the wake of Obama's reelection] that the Great Counter-Revolution they saw on the near horizon after 2010, which they’ve been pursuing since 1964, has receded into the distance once again.
Staying with the theme of organized crime, it was Michael Corleone who once wisely said that "If history has taught us anything, it's that conservatives will have to accept nothing." Well, he didn't exactly say that, but it's close enough. We're going for the Corleone spirit, and not the letter, of corruption.
But really, after November 2008--after conservatives had blithely ramped up the debt, provoked an insanely bizarre war, thrown millions out of work and ushered in the nation's most severe financial crisis since 1929--after all the conservative chaos and clearly identifiable blame, every rational observer thought that conservatives would huddle and emerge reasonably rational themselves. Yet as we now know, their playbook instead called for precisely the opposite--for a doubling down on the chaos and jaw-dropping pivots from any accountability whatsoever.
Absent the electorate's near-total repudiation of the GOP this November, which scarcely anyone expects, why would conservatives emerge any saner in 2013? I too held a belief, for too long, in contemporary conservatism's ultimate rationality. Hardcore Republicans, however, appear to have passed into a chronic and incurable madness. I suspect they'll make at least one more attempt at taking us all down with them, which is what sociopathic nihilists do.