“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
The Party is Over. Republicans Return to Exile as Returns Retire Republicans.
The party is over. As of this writing, three things are known. The House defeat is a landslide. It is a complete and utter rejection of Bush, his ideas and his policies. Not one incumbent Democratic Congressman lost. Not one. The President, severely diminished, can only use negative control. His ability to influence foreign affairs has been reduced. How much, no one can tell just yet. The Republican controlled Senate, if gone, and it sure looks like a dead parrot to me, will mean the end to more conservative judges. A defeat of this magnitude will not stiffen the resolve of many middle of the road Republicans. Quite the opposite, If the Republicans have proved one thing, to many Americans it is this: They stand more for power than principal. That will be something very hard to change. It may not be changeable. Only the Republicans can figure this one out. The party is over and some Republican has one big clean-up job in front of him.