The seminal blues legend is that Robert Johnson learned to play the Blues by selling his soul to the devil at midnight at the Crossroads -- the intersection of Highway 49 and Highway 61 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. If you go to Clarksdale today, there is a big guitar-shaped sign at that intersection.
The next year will show whether the GOP has made a similar deal with the Devil for the support of the Palin-Limbaugh-Santorum ultra right wing. New York 23, with the ultra conservatives dumping the party nominee in favor of a Conservative Party candidate, may be just a sample of what is to come.
Michael Steel, GOP National Chair, announced that Tuesday's election results in the gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey were a sign that the GOP was back. But he ignored the results in NY 23, and the tell-tale signs of splintering between the traditional GOP stalwarts like Linsey Graham and even Newt Gringrich, and the "rogues" lead by Palin, Michelle Bachman, Glen Beck and their ilk.
The battle in 2010 will not be so much between Republicans and Dems, but between Republicans themselves. The California GOP Senate nomination will be one of the big battlegrounds where ultra-conservatives already have their sights set on defeating former Hewlett Packard Chair Carly Fiorini, a conservative but practical businesswoman whom they view as too liberal.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, whom no one but the far right would label as liberal, pointedly said “To those people who are pursuing purity, you’ll become a club not a party.” For article CLICK HERE
So it's nearing midnight. Palin, Limbaugh, Bachman, Beck and Fox News are all standing at that Crossroads. The BIG political issue for 2010 is whether they will make that deal, and by doing so turn the GOP from a Party into a Club.