Posted on daily kos this morning.
A Scorecard for 2010 Reaction
How far back will the Tea Party-led Republicans take us? Here are some indicators with which to gauge the undertow from the wave of electoral folly. The higher the score, the further the reversion.
-20 points: The Republicans do NOT take back the House.
-5 points: Fox News can not announce the Republicans will control the House by 12 midnight EDT on Election Night.
+5 points: Boehner will be next Speaker; rise of the House of Orange.
+5 points: Alan Grayson (FL-8) loses to some guy pretending to be Daniel Webster.
+1 point: for every House member over 218 that the Republicans end up with.
+10 points: Russ Feingold loses. We lose our most progressive Senate party member.
+5 points: Joe Sestak falls in Pennsylvania to Wall St. muckymuck Pat Toomey.
+5 points: Michael Bennet falls to church-state separation denier Ken Buck.
+5 points: Rand Paul wins. "Don't Tread on Me" jettisoned as a Tea Party slogan.
+5 points: Alex Sink down the drain to the single most odious major candidate of the year, healthcare fraudster Rick Scott.
+5 points: Barbara Boxer loses to Carly "Outsource" Fiorina.
+20 points: We're bewitched: Christine O'Donnell wins.
+5 points: Sharron "Obtuse" Angle defeats harry Reid.
+25 points: Democrats lose control of the Senate (less than 50 Senators, not counting unreliable Joes Lieberman and Manchin).
We will review the votes of your predictions on Election Eve, then the actual final score (and estimated reversion date) once all the results are in.
Poll: Sherman, set the Way-Back Machine to....
o <0 points: 2012. Let the 21st century finally begin, and bring he/she/it/them on!
o 0-10 points: 2010. We can boldly muddle through this world.
o 11-20 points: 2002--mild nostalgia for Bushite Misrule will be celebrated with the ghost-written book release next week.
o 21-30 points: 1984--the Golden Age of Reaganite Cold War returns. Set the nuclear clock forward to 5 minutes to midnight.
o 31-40 points: 1955--Social wars? Never happened. Sarah Palin will reprise the role of the Attack of the 50-Foot-Woman (apologies, Mother Jones).
o 41-50 points: 1924--Dissipation, corruption, phony Prohibition, Florida real estate scams, gangland violence. What's not to like?
o 51-60 points: 1880--The Gilded age. Robber barons rule again!
o 61-70 points: 1852--Disraeli: Now there's a guy who could confuse voters' class interests.
o 71-80 points: 1500--Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition, least of all those godless Communist Muslims.
o 81-90 points: 476 A.D. The Capitol in flames; barbarians run riot.
o 91-100 points: 8000 B.C. The Long Emergency: Survivalists and hunter-gatherers only at the luncheon counter.
o over 100 points: 1,000,000 B.C. Sarah Palin reprises the role of Loana in animal skins.
(My prediction is a score of +29.)