With North Carolina, the state of Jesse Helms, declared blue, what is the future of conservatism in the United States? A number of conservative What will the GOP and conservatism look like in the future? “There will be roughly twenty leaders at the meeting all of whom have been successful fundraisers and grassroots organizers, combined with a few conservative political and media strategists" George Will wonders how the elction results will invigorate (or not) party leadership and focus: "Goldwater's loss was constructive; it invigorated his party by reorienting it ideologically. McCain's loss was sterile, containing no seeds of intellectual rebirth." Blogger Henke to Republicans: "You earned the beating you took yesterday. You earned every bit of it. It is your fault. Democrats may or may not have deserved to win, but you deserved to lose." In the meantime, very long knives are out for one wannabe future leader, Sarah Palin. Other thoughts? Will the party mainstays such as religious conservatism, Joe Sixpack anti-intellectualism, and high military spending remain on the list?