"The impossibilist, increasingly unhinged right wing of the party, the latter-day Bourbons who have learnt nothing and forgotten nothing from the past decade, are still a powerful force. They could, if they chose, destroy Mr McCain and the new Republican leadership with a guerrilla campaign for the next nine months.

But they'll need to be aware that the price for that victory may well be the destruction of the very party they will be claiming to save," - Gerard Baker, The Times.

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