Many people have been getting the sense that this election is the most important one for a long time, and I agree, but not for the reasons they typically enumerate. In essence, and this is a big prediction, whichever party loses (likely the Democrats) will probably radically change or dissove into warring factions. I know a lot of principled liberals (just like principled conservatives on the other side) who are holding their noses and pulling the lever for Kerry. I think that this means that America will start, after this election, to dissolve away from "right and left" and into significant and distinct cultural groups, such as:
Paleo-left-right-anti-traders-and-technology faction: this group is best represented by the alliance of Nader and Buchanan on the war, trade and technology.
South Park conservatives: this phrase, first pioneered by TechCentralStation, was used to represent those young conservatives who don't care about gay marriage or traditional morality, and instead are more concerned with less government. Think P.J. O 'Rourke
It's a prediction of mine that, come Nov. 3rd, there will be a fight on for the conservative soul of the Republican party, and I plan to be there to start it off, regardless of who wins. If Bush wins, I will oppose every single thing he does that furthers the state and still call myself Republican, because there's more to it than cheerleading for Dear Leader.