"History suggests that once a political party achieves sweeping power, it will only be a matter of time before the power becomes the entire point. Policy, ideology, ethics all gradually fall away, replaced by a political machine that exists to win elections and dispense the goodies that come as a result. The only surprise in Washington now is that the Congressional Republicans managed to reach that point of decayed purpose so thoroughly, so fast."
(H/T to Taegan Goddard's Political Wire)
In only 12 years did Republicans totally lose it. 12 years. Stunning.
Now, I'm a proponent of third way issues, which is basically how I see the Democrats now. Take a good solid look at what the party "stands" for, and it's most definitely not the bastion of liberalism, less California. IF the Democrats win control of the Houses (or at least one) in November, WILL they focus their leadership, give the party a sense of purpose, and moderate the executive branch? That is something that 5 years (2001-2007, excepting the period of time following Jim Jeffords' defection from the (R)s) of uni-party rule has not provided this nation. What we have heard is incessant demagoguery and what we have seen is the rapid descent into corruption of legislators, sometimes breaking the laws they helped to write (see Mark Foley).
For the sake of this country I pray that some common sense take over and we return to split government, thereby forcing the Executive to compromise instead of having the Congress simply rubberstamp their will.
It's time to come out of the wilderness, Democrats. You have 5 weeks from today to do it. On your marks... get set... GO!