Now that Republicans have settled on Sen. John McCain as their nominee for the presidential election, we consider the GOP’s quest to retake Congress this fall and the challenges facing the party beyond George W. Bush.


  • Norman Ornstein is resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; coauthor with Thomas Mann of "The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track."
  • Charlie Cook editor and publisher of the "Cook Political Report"
  • Benjamin Wallace-Wells contributing editor and national affairs writer for "Rolling Stone"

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