John McCain's victory in Florida is, for all intents and purposes, a defeat for the conservative intelligentsia.
The GOP could have done far worse.
Fundamentally, this is a win for those who got tired of the ultimatums from the hard-liners. Hugh Hewitt has, I think, hit on this, albeit unintentionally.
As I discussed earlier, these attempts to impose ideological conformity have split a number of people from the GOP. AJ Strata chose to remain independent. The Anchoress is going to re-affiliate as an independent.
The conservative intelligentsia just got sent a message with a 2x4 upside the head. If they are smart, they'll make peace on immigration - and cut a deal that both they and those alighted with McCain and Martinez on the issue can live with. A visible compromise on immigration will give the GOP a chance in the 2008 election.