With the election campaign over (for at least a few weeks), you may be inclined to think that it is safe to look at your television screen. Be advised that a rose by any other name may smell sweet, but can be very dangerous.
Sure, there's strong precedent for confirming presidential cabinet appointments and valuing competence and credentials. But McCain and Graham in their infinite wisdom are pointing to a way more entertaining path.
Obama won gays, latinos, 18-29s, and women by, respectively, 50/35/25/11 points -- and ran 40 points better than Romney on who favored middle class over big business. Ron Reagan and Mary Matalin debate whether a Republican Reset means 'evolving' on tax rates and "social issues."
When the Republicans look back at the era just after their 2012 election defeat, they are going to see they were presented with an early opportunity to make their way back from the political wilderness. The question is: Will they take it? The early signs are promising.
On Iraq, Afghanistan, and military spending, Romney, Gingrich and most of the other candidates have mostly sung from the old-time Republican hymnal. Meanwhile, the great sea of Republicans has been doing Vatican II.
The new GOP's strategy in the 112th Congress is apparently to shut down the entire economy and undermine the U.S.'s global credibility to agitate for policies that even their new majority could not otherwise enact.