The decline of the Tea Party, as I have been arguing, allows Republicans to resume the normal politics of compromise.
I am very hopeful that the Republican and Democratic leadership will reach a deal to raise taxes on the rich and cut government spending, especially on defense contractor entitlements.
I am also hopeful that the Republican and Democratic leadership will reach a deal on controlling assault weapons and other mass-murder tools.
I am hopeful that Grover Norquist will fade into the sunset, now that Republicans are ready to break their foolish pledge never to raise taxes, no matter how much it hurt the country.
I am less hopeful that the gun lobby will fade away, but at least some conservatives are willing to break with them when little white children get massacred.