What Next?

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A lot talk lately about what happens to the GOP post-election — no matter who wins. I was talking to a GOP strategist yesterday who noted that, for the past eight years, “You walked into the RNC and it made sense–George Bush was the head of the party, and everyone there was working for him. All those ‘dear leader’ pictures of Bush made sense. Now, who’s it going to be? McCain? Seriously? I think we’re going to have to go retro. Nixon. Reagan. Hoover… though McCain’s also been harshing on him.”

At least we’ve all heard of them. The next leader of the GOP is likely to be rather obscure, if only because no one who’s popular right now is, well popular right now.

Ambinder has been following some of the early indicators of who might wind up at the top.