I’m going to go on the record early with this prediction, and should time prove me wrong, feel free to remind me of my mistake:
Election Night 2010 will prove to be a disaster for the Republican Party as we now know it.
I know, conventional wisdom holds that Republicans will win a lot of seats and will almost certainly retake the House of Representatives, perhaps by a comfortable margin. In the Senate, experts predict that Democrats will cling to a majority by a handful of votes, with a decent chance that Republicans could win control of that chamber as well.
I believe that conventional wisdom is correct. Come Election Night, I have little doubt that Republicans across the country will be happily, giddily celebrating what they perceive as a public rejection of Barack Obama and vindication of their conservative principles. They will, so to speak, get their country back.
And then what?
A party pushed into power by blind anger and outrage will then try to govern in anger and