I suppose I am just realist enough on human nature to realize that the surest way to collapse is for someone to become too powerful. Once we think we "run the store," the temptations to take advantage of our power and to exploit it for our own selfish gain becomes too strong. The dems found this out about 30 years ago, the Republicans about 3 or so years ago (recall Rove's "permanent republican majority"?). The trends in this report, though go for a progressive agenda, open the door for more abuse, if they continue. Let's hope the repulbicans are reading these trends and are busily realizing that their style of conservatism is just not going to hack it. Movement toward the center, compromise with populist legislation, realizaton that "just saying no" is not as good a strategy in governance as it is in sexual morality, these would all be good moves--good for their party and good for citizens. In fact, about the only person who would be damaged by saner voices at the helm of the GOP is Rush Limbaugh.