Republicans, wounded and eager to show they have not been stripped of all power, are far more likely to unify against the Democrats who humiliated them in such dramatic fashion.These are people who were arguing there should be fewer judges on the nation's second most important court simply to prevent President Barack Obama from filling vacancies. Frankly, there's not that much more they can unify against Democrats. Oh, sure, occasionally a few Republicans helped break the filibuster on legislation and now they might refuse to do the part of their jobs that involves passing laws—Sen. Susan Collins is making noises about how the nasty partisanship involved in preventing Republicans from keeping the judiciary desperately understaffed might cause her to
That's the story: Republicans are committed to obstruction and to destruction of the government's function. One tool of obstruction has been taken from them, so they're going to wield the others with more fury—possibly even in cases where they think legislation like VAWA is necessary. But that's not about Democrats somehow ushering in a new age of partisanship. It's about Democrats forcing Republicans to shift tactics in the age of Republican extremism we're already living through.