The voters’ judgment is likely to be cruel. But what are we to make of the politics out there? First, we should recognize that there is considerable ferment, a serious churning of political attitudes and loyalty. The Tea Party movement is waging an “Us Versus Them” war, but those who are “Them” are, for the moment, primarily Republican, as Utah’s ousted senator, Bob Bennett, has discovered. Democrats are “Them,” too, but a second-order “Them” to be addressed after kindred-but-wussy Republicans are dispatched to the ideological abattoir…

This is a mostly Republican churn, for the moment, and this cannot be surprising. The Democrats have just given us a revolution in the form of Barack Obama, and there had, inevitably, to be an insurrectionary riposte from the right. What is so bracing is that the cannons of this insurrection have been trained first, and fratricidally, at the Republican Party. Those who are training the cannons know exactly what they are doing. You cannot fire effectively at the real enemy unless the marksmanship against your own kind is precise.

And this precision, come November, will be trained at a Democratic target.