You know, sometimes I think the only thing this country has going for it is that the Republicans are so very, very stupid. Not that the Democratic Party and its insistence on the awesome defensive crouch maneuver is much better, mind. But the Republicans just have this (politically) suicidal tendency towards doing the dumb thing. It's like they've never stop to think about the consequences. Both for what happens when someone else gets into power and starts picking up all those lovely levers they've strewn around as well as for them, personally.