McCain's choice of the insultingly unqualified Palin to be his running mate was right out of the GOP's old culture-wars playbook, but it has backfired disastrously. The changing demographics of the country are working against the right wing. The party is lost, and it doesn't have a clue what to do next.
And there you have it in a nutshell. Like all parties that have been in power too long they got complacent. The people will speak at long last.