Under the current rules, and with the current personalities, the GOP is just as likely to nominate another RINO in 2012.
The RINO element hasn’t had the good grace to step aside since the 08 debacle. The open primaries and likely liberal interlopers in the selection process will really tilt the 12 convention to the “moderates”, maybe McCain will be renominated.
Unless the Republicans change the rules, score decisive victories especially in the 2008 primaries against McCain and Specter, Gingrich may be prophetic here.
What do you mean “the GOP” the GOP didn’t elect McCain. New Hampshire is an OPEN state — worse you can show up on election day, state you “plan” to move to NH and want to vote in your new state in advance, they allow you to register and vote that same date... the parking lots were full of voters from PA, MA, NY... many crossed over and voted McCain. THEN the media all pounced, said McCain was the front-runner for the nomination (never mind that Huckabee — who I dislike BTW) had won Iowa Caucus)... next was SC and by then the sheep were all told McCain was winning and they voted for him, which sent him into Florida with a head of steam and then he twisted Martinez and Crist’s arms and turned that vote on a literal dime... after that it was all over but the shouting.... so, don’t blame this on the GOP... unless you mean the arcane voting regulations both parties have which allows this crap to happen.