With the ascension of Trent Lott to the position of Minority Whip and the ongoing kerfuffle regarding Nancy Pelosi and her choice of Murtha, it is time for something really rare here at Balloon Juice- my wholehearted agreement with Dean Barnett on a sentiment:
Is it just me, or is it becoming increasingly apparent that the Republicans and Democrats are determined to engage in a two year dumb-off?
The one positive aspect of this development is that the current Bush administration is, for lack of a better word, fucked. They now face a hostile majority party in both the House and the Senate, and their own party in the House will be run by people running as hard and as far as they can from this White House (as soon as they quit stockpiling ammo for the circular firing squad) and is now led in the Senate by Mitch McConnell and Trent Lott.
McConnell is, by all accounts, a straight shooter and an extremely wily strategist, but he also has the distinction of being livid with this administration for their behavior with Campaign Finance Reform. Lott, as you well know, is, I am sure, salivating at the prospect of reaming this White House a good one. He still feels that they threw him overboard in favor of Frist, and he has been getting his pound of flesh every chance he can over the past few years. I expect him to make the next two years as
painful excrutiating for Bush, Cheney, and Rove as he possibly can. Another upside to Lott is that he has some bad blood with Dobson and company.
So, while the election of McConnell and Lott will no doubt further cement the party as a southern regional party (I am inclined to believe the 2008 Senate races will be a disaster for the GOP, leaving the party truly marginalized), no doubt dooming Republicans electorally for generations to come, there is the upside that Bush is going to get it handed to him right and proper with some pretty good regularity (already there are rumblings about wiretapping). That, I am inclined to believe, is a good thing for both Republicans and the country.