GOP: Bankers vs. Zealots

deadElephant.gif In the perennial battle between bankers and zealots for the heart and soul of the Republican Party, the WaPo's Kathleen Parker comes out against the latter:

"[T]he evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn't soon cometh."

I can understand the problem in general -- I just don't see how it applies specifically to the election just passed.

I mean, as far as I can tell, the McCain campaign really started to tank when the economy hit the skids. That would tend to fall on the bankers' side of the ledger.

[h/t Steve Benen]