Steve, I do not think you will have to worry about the Tea Party undercutting CA for very long. Theirs will be a short term period of dominance. Look at it this way, they want to go in and slash waste in the federal government? What areas will they target? Defense spending, where most waste occurs? Nope, don't think so. How about Medicare or Social Security? Cannot see that happening either? Theirs entire agenda is "full of sound and fury signifying nothing". Should the economy fail to turn around because of gridlock, many Repubs will pay a price in 2 years
MN has also had some interesting results. The Repubs will now control both houses in MN, the first time that has happened in decades and if Emmer was able to pull out the Governor, I would be out the door of my state job in a heartbeat. As it is, the best I can hope for is to keep a job for the next 2 years, as I doubt any government employees will see any wage increases
Still it could have been much worse, especially if the Repubs were able to take the Senate, or even get to 49 seats, as the likelihood of Lieberman and Nelson switching then would be high. I do wonder if the House will start a series of spurious investigations against Obama, as they did to Clinton, to soften him up for 2012.
Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristrocratic forms. No gov't in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, gov't tends more and mroe to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling class