The bigger the margin Republicans pile up next Tuesday, the less likely it is that the Democrats will be able to - or want to - do much when Congress reconvenes for a lame-duck session on November 15.I disagree with idea that Democrats should try and get right-wing neophyte legislators to make some tough choices in the beginning. I do not think it is a good decision because when you take into consideration the attention span of the American electorate, the teabaggers can make the tough choices early in their first term and then plany on American forgetfullness towards election time.
Rather, leadership aides tell me, they will want to do the minimum, pushing the toughest decisions on taxes, spending and debt forward to a newer, presumably more Republican, 112th Congress, which will convene for the first time on January 3, 2011.
Come January, the new Tea Party-infused GOP then would have to quickly confront the real-world consequences of its tax-cutting, budget-cutting, debt-reducing, anti-government rhetoric.
Instead of challenging the tea party right away, Democrats should wait until 2012 - that way they will force the tough issues during a presedential election year, thrusting tea party issues of 2010 onto the GOP's future candidates. Imagine the tough time a Republican presidential nominee would have when there are some conservative candidates either making asses of themselves or going back on their numerous fringe promises - it would be easy to tie even the most moderate of candidates to such things...