Will the Last Republican Please Turn Out the Lights

Election scenario courtesy of the Chicago Tribune:deadElephant.jpg

"There's just going to be a tidal wave if Barack is on the ballot," one longtime state Republican official said. "There are going to be people coming out of the woodwork, and they're going to vote Democratic."

UPDATE (3/12/2008): Carol Marin writes the obit: "There was a time in Illinois when Republicans roamed the earth...."