Just as the opportunity to expand seems to have sprung magically from the political mists, the Republican Party seems determined to shrink its ranks.
Six months ago, the notion of a Republican resurgence was laughable. The GOP was foundering so badly, pundits talked in terms of "decades" of Democratic dominance. Today some recent polls find more voters supporting a generic Republican candidate for Congress than a Democrat. Obama's favorable ratings have sunk to 49 percent. No president has been re-elected with a favorable rating of 47 percent or less.