What if McCain Loses?
Jane's Law: "The devotees of the party in power are smug and arrogant. The devotees of the party out of power are insane." -- Megan McArdle
It could happen, you know. By "it," I mean the worst nightmare of any conservative. In fact, odds are that in 2009, we're going to have President Barack Obama, Harry Reid with an almost filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, and Nancy Pelosi with a large majority in the House.
If that's the case, it'll be the end of an era in American politics: the Reagan Revolution will be over, replaced by radical socialists with a majority so large that they will be able to do just about anything they want for at least two years.
But if, God forbid, that tragic day were to come, what would the Right be doing?
First and foremost, conservatives would be too busy working (somebody has to pay for the massive wealth transfer programs Obama wants to implement) to go out in the streets with giant puppet heads and "ObamaHitler" signs.
Nor would we be inclined to threaten riots, unlike some liberals who have essentially promised Rodney King verdict-style bedlam in the streets if Barack Obama loses. Also, conservatives love our country too much to make empty threats about moving to Canada, which is essentially just a less free, more liberal version of Massachusetts anyway.
However, you can expect people to get a little nuttier. Yes, that means the black helicopter crowd will be back and their ranks will be thickened by the North American Union kooks who've gotten an early start on the "political crazy Olympics." And let's face it: if you thought the nuttiness surrounding Clinton was bad, wait until you get a load of the conspiracy theories that would be spawned by a president who "attended a madrassa as a child, went to an anti-white, anti-American church for 20 years, was once a member of a socialist party, and pals around with terrorists like Bill Ayers."