The Politics Of Civility

Mickey explains why it will help the GOP:

Now that the [GOP have] won the House in an off year election, GOP pols don't need to please the base so much. They need the middle. They need swing congressmen to vote for their bills and they need supportive poll numbers to encourage those congressmen to do so. If a "civility" crusade succeeds in getting the most volatile Republicans to cool it and stop irritating the center, it won't be doing Obama's work for him. It will be doing John Boehner's work for him.

Rank-and-file conservatives don't realize this. They still think - despite ample contrary evidence - that their interests allign with Palin, Beck and Limbaugh. They're paying an awfully high price for catharsis. And Palin, Beck and Limbaugh are becoming very, very rich off it.