I enjoyed this piece from Douthat this morning.
"WITH Super Tuesday in the books, the time has come to praise that most mocked, maligned and misunderstood of Americans: the Republican primary voter.
It touches on some of the issues we have been mulling over about the GOP. One of the comments reads, "I don't think that most people believe that the Republican primary VOTERS are crazy... it's the party leaders and the candidates themselves we're concerned about. From the guys at the top (Boehner, McConnell, Cantor) to the fabulous four - these guys are giving their party the loopy label." (from borntorun45)
Mr. borntorun45, (who I have to believe is a 67-year old Springsteen fan) I think misses the point many Democrats miss and many of the chattering class miss: The leaders only serve at the will of the voters. There can be a temporary mis-match between the leaders and the voters, but our democracy will not let that stand for too long. It's a remarkably effective self-corrective system.