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I’m trying to make no predictions, but with Rob posting in full tea party rant, I take some comfort in a point E.J. Dionne made a week or so ago: The right wing has already lost the election of 2012:



If conservatism were winning, does anyone doubt that Romney would be running as a conservative? Yet unlike Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater, Romney is offering an echo, not a choice… The right is going along because its partisans know Romney has no other option. This, too, is an acknowledgement of defeat, a recognition that the grand ideological experiment heralded by the rise of the tea party has gained no traction. It also means that conservatives don’t believe that Romney really believes the moderate mush he’s putting forward now. Not to put too fine a point on it, but if the conservatives are forgiving Romney because they think he is lying, what should the rest of us think?




You can say the same thing about Scott Brown, who is running as a Friend of Barack, not the tea party champion he was two years ago.



There are other signs: Paul Ryan has turned into a non-factor, as the ticket distanced itself from his budget, his Randism and his social conservatism.  Tea Party insurgents stumbled on their abortion extremism in Missouri and Indiana and are trailing badly. Not to make predictions, but we may find the Tea Party costing Republicans control of the Senate — for the second election in a row.



As Dionne says:



It turns out that there was no profound ideological conversion of the country two years ago. We remain the same moderate and practical country we have long been.


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