For Republicans, this year's special Congressional election in New York 23 furnished a preview of the internecine Civil War that will RIP* the GOP apart in 2010. Next year's elections will pit the RINOS against the DINOS -- Republicans In Name Only vs. Neanderthal Far-Right Dinosaurs.
If Palin, Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Malkin, FOX News, The Washington Times, Newsmax, etc. can succeed in remaking the Republican Party in their own image, and turn the Party of NOPE into the Party of Dinosaurs, then they will doubtlessly bring about a new Ice Age for the GOP.
*RIP = Rest in Peace.