The Daily Beast's Michael Tomasky addresses one of the more fascinating post-election prospects--that the GOP might go on some efficacious meds--but he does it in such a hysterical way, one is tempted to recommend deep meditation or at least a stiff drink for Tomasky himself. For instance he ridicules, as "completely delusional," President Obama's rather modest "hope and ... expectation," in his own words, that "after the election ... we can start getting some cooperation again."
Tomasky says no way. Simply no way. Maybe in 20 years, he writes; but any hope or expectation of GOP moderation anytime soon is just nuts.
He then, however, plants the seed of his own argument's destruction:
Republicans behave the way they behave because every incentive they have rewards it. They are loony-right obstructionists because it pays to be that in terms of contributions and votes.
Exactly. Which, translated into immediate electoral terms, means a decisive GOP thumping this November--with the cycle repeated, if necessary, in 2014--would grab the attention of a lot of swing-district and purple-state Republican pols. Their incentive would have changed.
I'm not predicting that outcome, which, although a long shot, is nonetheless possible. I'm only saying that when Tomasky and others say with gloomy confidence that the change "[will] take 20 years," in reality it could, quite literally, occur overnight.