It's cold out here
But we'd better start getting used to the wilderness, because it looks like we're going to be there for a while.
Why? Because the Republicans are still being led by idiots.
The Dems are doing exactly what I suggested the Republicans do in their lame duck session (via InstaPundit):
Democrats aim to open the next Congress in January with a new rule that identifies lawmakers who use legislative "earmarks" to help special interests — a change Republicans promised but didn't implement.And two years from now, when Republicans are trying to return to their roots by running for transparent, limited government, the Dems will stand there and say "but you had your chance and didn't learn your lesson—we did."
Whereas if Republicans had taken the opportunity presented by the lame duck session to pass this kind of legislation, they would have totally out-flanked that claim by the Dems.