Smerconish may be wrong about the Dems overreaching and being unwilling to compromise, but the rest of his column is dead-on. This is something I don't think the tea party people (and the Democrats, to be fair) fully appreciate: that as they lurch further and further to the right, they are leaving a lot of people behind. I myself have said before that I've thought of leaving the Democratic party because it's moved too far to the right. Anyway: anyone want to place a bet on who'll call Smerconish a RINO first? I say it'll be ItN.