Only temporarily of course. Light cannot exist without dark, good cannot exist without evil, peanut butter cannot exist without jelly, etc.
But for now, just when we need it the most, they have reaped what they have sown.
They are just one good scandal away from being reduced ONLY to their base. And their base can only elect Reapublicans regionally. WHEN the torture investigations get rolling and the last Jack Bauer myths are stripped away, it is over for them.
Until the Democrats, sigh, screw up. And they will. And the cycle will start again.
No Arlen won’t be a GOOD Democrat, hell he was a lousy Republican too. I submit that this is far more important symbolically than politically. We certainly can’t count on his vote. Especially on truly Progressive legislation.
What this marks is the nadir of the radicalized irrelevancy of the Reapublicans pursuing the Taliban-like policies of the Radical Religious Right. Even Republicans are rejecting the Reapublicans.
This will make it easier for Snowe and Collins to cross over, this will make it easier for self preserving political hack Reapublicans to cross over on key issues. This will tempt other Weather Vane based politicians to escape the Bush fog and militant miasma of the …..now dead…. Reapublican party and vote the way The People want them to vote instead of the way the party wants them to.
It will, we fervently hope, make the remaining Radical Reapublicans rationalize even further and circle the wagons around their …now dead… “conservative principles.”
In other words…it is time for Obama and Harry Reid to….Not fear the Reapublicans.
Now our only obstacle to TRULY moving forward into a new progressive Era is the media, who will still find a way to worship them as somehow Serious People and a political force. because the media needs conflict, and only the oppositional force of the Reapublicans can provide that. Unless they have another story to dig their teeth into….
Such as nice juicy torture (and other Bush era scandals) investigations and trials. If that comes about, they will have a nice time picking apart the corpse of the Reapublicans.
Once we get over the hump of getting investigations started, we can start putting pressure on the Blue Dogs to …Go Left, Young Dems!