Massie mentions and directly quotes several NRO bloggers and their various encomiums and denials in the wake of the election. It's not pretty, but it's symptomatic, IMO. If these are the leading thought leaders for the right, their problems are much bigger than one election.
Quote: ...And what these eight responses demonstrate is the extent to which many conservatives believed their own propaganda. This is what it’s like to live in a cocoon. The apparent inability to appreciate why any sane person might contemplate voting for Barack Obama is evidence of, well, of the closing of the conservative mind.