While John Boner is down at the sports bar drowning his sorrows over the collapse of his Tea Bag offense, Nancy Pelosi is calling the plays on the House gridiron. She only needs to pickup 25 yards (er, Republicans) to make it across the goal line carrying the Senate Middle-class Tax Cut Bill on a discharge petition.
In fact, unless all of the Republicans in the House are ready to risk the end of their careers with the next election, she should be able to deliver middle class tax relief to the President's desk on Christmas eve. The Republicans will take credit for it anyway, after all they are the silent majority. (snort) It turns out that after counting all of the provisional ballots that the Republicans weren't able to kill, that Democratic House candidates across American received one million more votes than did the Gerrymandered Republican pretenders.
Just 218 votes are needed to pass a bill, and Democrats are 192 strong. This margin will become closer in the 113th Congress at 200 for the good guys. The Republicans probably aren't going the way of Whigs just yet. They are desperately trying to re-invent themselves with Tea Bag Congressmen being unceremoniously dumped from critical House Committee chairmanships.
Another group that is heading rapidly toward the dust bin of history are the Blue Dog Democrats, once a force with 54 votes they will be lucky to claim 14 members in the new year. It would be nice to say that they were all replaced with Progressives, but a lot of them have been replaced by Republicans who grabbed the more conservative areas they represented during the Census driven re-districting. Still the math favored the Democrats in the end with a more Progressive delegation over-all.
The question is can Democrats keep the campaign going for the next two years and pick-up the additional seats? Gerrymandering doesn't give you a 'permanent' edge, that's why the Republicans have to keep doing it. With 49% of Republicans believing that Acorn stole the election even though it doesn't exist, and 25% of them in favor of secession, it's possible that they can act crazy enough to drive more than enough moderates to the Democrats. The number of people who self-identify as Democrats is in fact climbing, while those who will admit to a pollster that they are a flat-earth Republican is continuing to go down. Odds are that Democrats can beat the spread in overtime.