Without Change, there’s no Hope.

The Republican loss in the special election for Louisiana’s Sixth Congressional District last Saturday should be a sharp wake up call for Republicans: Either Congressional Republicans are going to chart a bold course of real change or they are going to suffer decisive losses this November…

This defeat follows on the loss of Speaker Hastert’s seat in Illinois. That seat had been held by a Republican for 76 years with the single exception of the 1974 Watergate election when the Democrats held it for one term. That same seat had been carried by President Bush 55-44% in 2004…

A February Washington Post poll shows that Republicans have lost the advantage to the Democrats on which party can handle an issue better — on every single topic…

This is a catastrophic collapse of trust in Republicans built up over three generations on the deficit, two generations on taxes, and two generations on national security.

Most ominously: “The Republican brand has been so badly damaged that if Republicans try to run an anti-Obama, anti-Reverend Wright, or (if Senator Clinton wins), anti-Clinton campaign, they are simply going to fail.” Yup, pretty much. Follow the link for his nine-point triage plan, none of which, surprisingly, has to do with global warming. I like the earmark moratorium, which jibes with McCain’s own agenda, and red meat on judges and English as the official language will help with the base (but beware alienating Latino voters). Overhauling the census, though? Space-based GPS for air-traffic control? I get the point of reducing bureaucracy, but are these really the kind of meat and potatoes issues that are going to push GOP congressional candidates over the top? “I’m disgusted with Bush and the war, honey, but that space-based GPS idea convinced me to give the Republicans another look.”

Exit question: How bad is it going to be in November?