Assuming John McCain loses this thing, my guess is that the 2012 Republican nominee will be someone most of us have never heard of. Why do I say that? Because every Republican we’ve ever heard of is pretty much disgraced at this point. If that were not the case, the Republicans would be going down with a candidate they love, not one they hate.

So, guess away. What backbenching House member or little known governor will be the Republican standard-bearer in 2012 (assuming McCain loses this thing)?