The question everybody is asking is will the Republicans learn anything from this loss of power?
Well, look at what necessarily preceeded Ronald Reagan...Jimmy Carter, arguably the worst President in the last 100 years. Four years of Jimmy Carter's fecklessness and ineptidude, double-digit unemployment and inflation, the invention of the misery index because the media ran out of negative superlatives to describe the badness of his presidency, gas shortages resulting from Carter's price ceilings, an embarassing hostage rescue mission, killer rabbits, and lust, set the table for Reagan's ascendancy. Looking back, the glorious Reagan years, whose effects are still being felt, were worth tolerating four years of Jimmy Carter.
That being said, if we can make it two years with SanFranNan, I think it will usher in a new class of truly conservative, Reagan-Republicans. Nancy Pelosi is a vile, loathsome wretch, as are most Democrats in Washington, but as Speaker, she cannot hide her wretchedness nor that of her Party. Liberals being in power for two years will allow Republicans to purge their ranks of neo-conservatives in preparation for '08, divorce the Party from the evangelical right which seemed to control the Party of late, and re-embrace the conservative principles of small, limited government that got them elected back in '94.
It's worth the suffering now if in two years, we can do the Snoopydance to celebrate victory and a new, truly conservative path for America.