If I were a cartoonist, today's cartoon would be of a RINO goring an elephant marked GOP. The rhino would have "McCain" emblazoned across his side while proclaiming "Get used to the idea that the elephant is dead". In the background would be several joyful donkeys saying, "he's a maverick", "I love him", and "I'm so glad he got rid of that nasty old elephant". In the next panel, several elephants gather around the dying GOP elephant to mourn. GOP's last words are "I thought we were the base of the party, but it looks like we're all RINOs now"
Third panel: Walking away from the makeshift funeral, one of the elephants asks "should we become RINOs? It sure makes the donkeys happy".