Sorry, Zell, but it seems like the title of your book can now be officially referring to Republicans rather than Democrats. Amazing difference 2 years can make, aint it?
While Georgia Republicans are clearly having their day in the sun (and congratulations are in order to Sonny Perdue, Casey Cagle, and Karen Handel for running great campaigns), the Republican Party nationally is looking more and more like a regional party limited to the South and parts of the Great Plains country.
Republicans were simply crushed in the northeast and the midwest yesterday. Many of the remaining moderate Republicans of the midwest and east were defeated. Republicans were particularly hit hard in the border states, i.e. Missouri, Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, where they once held overwelming majorities. Blue collar, Reagan Democrat states like Michigan and Pennsylvania are now solidly blue. The West Coast is, and has been, solidly blue. And the Rocky Mountain states are becoming more and more competitive (see Montana, for example).
The more the rest of the country sees the Southern, religious right brand of Republicanism, the more it moves away from the Republican Party.
While voters across the country were rejecting Republican candidates, conservative South Dakota rejected an extreme right wing attempt to ban all abortions, conservative Missouri passed an amendment to their Constitution to protect stem cell research, and Arizona (the home of Barry Goldwater and once a bastion or Republicanism and which still has 2 Republican U.S. Senators) became the first state in the country to reject an anti-gay marriage amendment.
So, while Georgia Republicans should celebrate their victories, they should know that the rest of the country is moving against them, and, like Zell Miller said about the Democrats moving too far to the left, by moving too far to the right, they are becoming “A National Party No More.”