But there’s more at stake beyond the obvious. A quick Republican turnaround after the party’s losses in 2006 and 2008 promises to efface the memory of what went wrong under George W. Bush — and thereby save the neocons’ reputations. Saved too will be the Republican congressional leadership, which shows no indication of having learned any lessons from the catastrophes of the past decade. For McConnell, Boehner, and friends, retaking Washington means returning to business as usual: deficit spending (complete with an utterly symbolic war on “earmarks”), hyping of foreign threats, and everything else that falls under the cheery rubric of “national-greatness conservatism.
A quick return to GOP business as usual is a real possibility and a real downside to GOP gains this election.
That's no reason to hope Democrat wins though. It just means that we need to be vigilant about what the guys in office are doing once they get there.