Well despite what did or did not happen recently, let's not lose sight of another politician who made the word "change" (or was it really "chains"?), the most dishonest word in the English language. Why does the"lipstick on a pig" comment suddenly come to mind?
Let's get to the point. Don't be naive enough to expect much of anything to actually be different with the Grand Old Party. The operative word there is "Old" and yes, it does reflect the power brokers who will still be in complete control of things.
A few months ago Newt Gingrich reappeared on the national scene, making a number of TV and public appearances and once again proving he is a close second to Bird as an American historian. People began buying Gingrich/Palin 2012 bumper stickers from Satire Works (even females in Boston!), and things were looking interesting. And then he backed Dede Scozzafava in New York.
He didn't just back her, he practically scolded those of us from the lower class (non politicians) for even suggesting we shouldn't bow down or kneel before party "leaders" when they decreed that this hard core, Progressive Liberal was the chosen one for New Yorkers. When I saw Newt on Fox News endorsing her I had to leave the room to puke.
That's what Conservatives are up against. Halloween may be over but don't expect the power brokers at the GOP to take the costumes off any time soon. And don't be fooled if you happen to notice them simply change disguises from time to time. Even when they have been locked out of the room in DC and have the least amount of power and influence in years, there are many political addicts who haven't even come close to "hitting bottom" and realizing they need to change. Today might be too soon for an "intervention" because their level of denial is still so strong, but as 2009 wraps up and we head into 2010 let's leave them as many holiday greetings as possible. In other words, tell them again and again and again, "inclusion" does not mean accepting Progressives or others who are left of center. We can be inclusive by keeping an open door to those who are driven from the Liberal Left because of its extremism, but don't plan on giving them the keys to the kingdom the next day!
The 2010 Election should be an absolute landslide victory for Republicans because the Obama Administration, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are very, very bad people. But if the Republican Party leaders BS us they won't deserve to celebrate even one new member in Congress. Talk about a "Lose - Lose" situation.
How do we avoid this insane outcome where the Republican slate of candidates is rejected and the Obama Radicals get to stay in power? We do it by searching out true conservatives today, tomorrow and every day from now until Election ("Ejection") Day, first to find great candidates and then to get them elected.
You've been warned. Now get to work.