Would Defeat Transform The GOP?

Andrew Sullivan —  Feb 3 2012 @ 7:18pm

Not if conservative entertainers have anything to say about it. Friedersdorf expects Limbaugh & Co. to resist reform:

[A]ll the commentary you see about the right and its future takes as its starting point the notion of 2008 as a historic defeat. For folks whose highest priority is conservative governance, that's what it was — eight years of frustration, betrayal, and disillusionment, culminating in a huge defeat. But the period from 2000 to 2012 has been lucrative as hell if you're Roger Ailes or Rush Limbaugh or Mark Levin or Andrew Breitbart or Sarah Palin. That isn't to say they don't earnestly want Republicans to win, or that they're faking their preference for conservative governance. It's just to say that advancing their careers or enterprises is seemingly their priority. As swimmingly as that project is proceeding, why would anyone expect them to change course?