Jonathan forwarded me this article which shows that the Democrats held their own in state legislative races yesterday. This is not too surprising.
For one thing, the total number of self-identified Democrats is still bigger than self-identified Republicans, last I heard about it. (Anybody know if I’m wrong about this?)
Moreover, the lower down the pyramid you go, the more local the D politicians get, the more rational they necessarily become. Local politics permits few flights of ideological fancy.
For that matter, a random pair of Democrat state reps from anywhere would probably have been a better pair to run the country than Kerry and Edwards would have been. And probably run a better campaign, too.
We see Democrats shedding their centrist views as they get the presidential bug. Gephardt was a pro-Lifer until he got the bug. Hell, Jesse Jackson was.
There will always be two parties near the center. The national Donk party is in some disarray these days, true. But the lower level of the party is competitive most places.
A moment of hubris, a moment of smugness, and the GOP can lose the whole shooting match.