Whistling Past the Graveyard
''So onto the good news: With few exceptions, our candidates ran strong races in this adverse climate and ably stood up for Democratic values. The Clintons stood up for an inclusive national party, tirelessly campaigning across the Midwest and South. And Democratic donors and outside groups stood up, ensuring our candidates were financially competitive to the end.""
Republicans have "Democratic" value except they are serious. Many are former Jack Kennedy supporters, who expressed the ideals of individual contribution now are the republican mainstream.
'"The Tea Party caucus in the House is now stronger. The Republican presidential primaries are weighted to the right – and Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio will invariably tack in that direction, exercising a gravitational pull over the internal processes of Congress. They will set off vicious rivalries, both among themselves and with the Republican older guard, which itself may fracture over which establishment horse to back in blocking a Tea Partier from the nomination. Mitch McConnell may run the Senate, but it often won't seem that way.""
The tea party has been primarily absorbed into the mainstream. It won't be business as usual, the tea party values are built in.
""First, extremism. Then, corruption. The special interests that paid for this victory know that in all likelihood it will be short-lived, and thus they will behave like pigs at the trough. Their real agenda will be revealed when they seek to undo and rewrite regulations for their own benefit, such as undermining environmental protections and seek all manner of goodies from Senate appropriators.""
Here we have projection. The Democrats have been the party of extremism and corruption. He is describing a reasonable projection of the Democratic way.
""The same dynamic will unfold with respect to all of the pseudo-scandals the Republicans will gin up and investigate; already, loose talk of impeachment permeates the outer reaches of the conservative movement.""
Since the scandal's are real, and the perpetrators will be lining up to rat out their fellow democrats we might consider this after the legal system finishes with the democrats, but by then, it may be unnecessary. Impeachment is a path Obama doesn't deserve. He lives for the spotlight, irrelevance is a just reward.
When the parties are extremely far apart, who is to say which is extreme. If we capture a group of true politicians among the democrats, we can generate bipartisanship.