ELITE EIGHT…. House Republicans wanted to put up a united front against the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), but eight GOP lawmakers — Reps. Mary Bono Mack (Calif.), Mike Castle (Del.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Leonard Lance (N.J.), Frank LoBiondo (N.J.), John McHugh (N.Y.), Dave Reichert (Wash,), and Chris Smith (N.J.) — broke ranks. In light of the narrow margin, it’s likely ACES would have failed were it not for these Republicans’ support.

Today, conservative bloggers responded to the eight.

RedState labeled them “quisling” Republicans who “sold out the nation’s [sic] future.” Malkin put up a “wanted” poster with the eight, under the text: “Wanted in the United States of America for selling out taxpayers.” She went on label them the “GOP’s Cap-and-Tax 8.”

And Robert Stacy McCain is targeting the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), now that the “Monstrosity From Hell That Will Destroy the American Economy” passed with the help of eight GOP lawmakers.

…I’ve got four words for the National Republican Congressional Committee: Not One Red Cent.

We’ve already said Not One Red Cent for the National Republican Senatorial Committee because Sen. John Cornyn and the NRSC betrayed the GOP grassroots in Florida. Now, add the NRCC to the list.

What’s the point of giving money to the national party if, on key votes, Republican members of the House are indistinguishable from Nancy Pelosi?

Why give money to the campaign committee whose job is to re-elect these RINO sellouts?

It’s not altogether clear why RSM blames the NRCC for last night’s outcome, but he added, “Unless and until all eight of these swine announce their retirements — or are defeated in next year’s primaries — I say the grassroots answer to the NRCC should be NOT ONE RED CENT!”

Whether the party is inclined to take this talk seriously is unclear — few seemed to care when these activists were livid about the Crist endorsement — but some of the eight from last night are preparing statewide campaigns next year. If activists were really focused on punishing the defectors, Kirk and Castle would be the two most vulnerable of the eight.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.