Despairing democrats can take solace in some surprising post-election fallout. For one, there's growing conflict within the Republican party over those cherished cultural issues. Second, prominent liberal voices are fired up and providing intellectual fuel for the fight ahead.
Maureen Dowd, Lawrence O'Donnell, Jon Stewart, Eric Alterman and his friends - to name just a few of the already outspoken voices from the campaign- have all become more vigorous in their critiques since the election. They're pretty mad. And they're really not going to take it any more. The question is though, will the cacaphony of voices cancel each other out in the already weary marketplace of ideas? If so, could the left be more effective by conceding the stage to the extreme right for a while? More on Dowd et al.