David Brooks today in the Times:
If McCain is elected, he will face conditions tailor-made to foster disorder. He will be leading a divided and philosophically exhausted party. There simply aren’t enough Republican experts left to staff an administration, so he will have to throw together a hodgepodge with independents and Democrats.
I'm sure it is a frightening admission from Brooks that there aren't enough Republican experts left to staff an administration. Why is that? Because the Republicans valued politics over governance. They did it to themselves. And, of course, to us.