There is no possible definition by which the Republicans can be considered an actual political party any more. They can be defined as a loose universe of inchoate hatreds, or a sprawling confederation of collected resentments, or an unwieldy conglomeration of self-negating orthodoxies, or an atonal choir of rabid complaint, or a cargo cult of quasi-religious politics and quasi-political religion, or simply the deafening abandoned YAWP of our bitter national Id. But they are not a political party because they have rendered themselves incapable of politics.With whom does President Obama negotiate if and when talks about avoiding the fiscal cliff resume? Obviously, Boehner cannot call the troops to order. Is another Republican in the House capable of doing the job? Anyway, Obama was giving away far too much in the deal, but the Republican members of the House did not have the good sense to appreciate their Christmas gift and and ended up saving the president and certain Democrats from themselves. So it's probably off the cliff or the gentle incline - take your choice. The Republicans really need to stop scaring investors, banksters, and financiers with their brinkmanship in this fragile economy.
Oh, and to change the subject, Obama nominated John Kerry as Secretary of State. Kerry is an excellent choice, but he is likely to be swiftboated all over again (yawn), just as Susan Rice was swiftboated out of contention for the cabinet post, through no fault of her own.