Frank Rich, in an interview with David Daley at Salon.com:
“Whether he’s reelected or not, I think the party, the radical, conservative, right-wing party, is going to keep moving to the right. Keep getting rid of dissidents, purging dissidents. To liberals, something like the Richard Mourdock thing is, “Oh my god, this is the end of the Republican Party,’ but, no. A lot of Republican powers that be circled back to Todd Akin once the spotlight was off of him. That is the party. For liberals to have the illusion that it’s going to change, or that they’re going to learn a lesson if Romney loses, is to make the same mistake liberals always make.
“If Obama wins, they’re going to say — I can already read the stories — ‘If only we had found a true conservative.’ Now they couldn’t find a true conservative who wouldn’t frighten children. All they could come up with was Michele Bachmann, Santorum, Herman Cain, Gingrich, but the next go-round they’ll have Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan and others. That’s the way the party is going to go. They’ll say as much as they said of McCain, ‘He didn’t really represent us.’
“The other thing that’s going to happen is: unbelievable rage at Obama. We’re going to see the rage of fanatics and spin keep ratcheting it up. The position has been — and this even by relatively establishment people like Peggy Noonan, George Will — ‘He’s an incompetent. Americans can’t stand him. They think he’s a nice guy but he’s in over his head. This is an historic chance to end this collectivist presidency.’ Because underlying so much of this, in my view, is race, they’re going to be furious. They really felt they could knock him off easily.
“So when that fails, they’re going to be very angry. They’ll be angry at Romney, but they’ll forget about Romney in two minutes. They’re really going to be angry at Obama because they can’t believe that this collectivist black man has, in their view, bamboozled the American public once again.”