Neo-cons belong in the 20th century, the tide is turning and in order for America to complete the transition into the 21st century and get in sync with the modern world, it will have to rid itself of these clowns. Any amateur trend oracle has felt it in the air for a long time -- the Christian taliban in bow ties may not know it yet, but they're a dying breed. The first sure-fire sign was staring the Republicans in the face: McCain, the most liberal candidate, clinched the nomination after two previous failed attempts. That right there was something they should have taken to heart, and allowed McCain to be his left-flirting self. He could've won over millions of right-wing democrats, independents and others who were on the fence. He was already moderately successful at distancing himself from Bush. In other countries, this is what parties who are on the decline always do. They move closer to the middle. If republicans had done the same, this might have been a tight race. Sure, a few grumpy taliban on the far right might have protested by not voting at all, but the lion's share are so blindly loyal to the party that they'd vote anyway, for fear of losing the election to someone who's even further to the left. But nooooo, the neo-cons, up to their ears in a sense of entitlement, marched in and took over the campaign. They crammed McCain full of talking points that have him squirming uncomfortably, they traveled back to the stone age to fetch Palin, they suppressed his criticism of Bush and rolled out Ye Olde Fear Tactics and filled the airwaves with negative ads. What I'm saying is that this isn't McCain's fault. Yeah, he's old, and he's kind of a douche bag, but he's a whole lot better than his army of taliban and his evangelical dominatrix side-kick make him look. I hope the GOP learns their lessons from this, but judging by history, they'll probably go even further in the wrong direction.