Governmental failure isn't Republican failure, it's Republican strategy. The filibuster is an obvious example: for Democrats it's a frustrating tactic, but for Republicans it's a strategy, if not actually a goal.
Eric Resnick did not want to ask the question. He felt an obligation, though, because other reporters were avoiding the subject. They ought to have long ago confronted Ken Mehlman about the contradictions between his politics and his personal life.
The Republican Party is at a crossroads. It could modernize some of its positions and attitudes, in a bid to stay relevant to national politics in 21st century America. Or it could shrink to becoming a party of the South, the Plains, and a dwindling portion of the Mountain West.
Republicans have realized that they need to reach out to younger voters, female voters, gay voters, and minorities, but the crucial point that they are still missing is that the party's value system is fundamentally at odds with all those groups.