Depressing as it is, the deteriorating situation in Iraq, a Civil War being one choice on the horizon (while the House debates on whether or not federal funding can be used to do research on hospital waste), means that the "happy-face trust-god-squad", the new religious right, the Frist-DeLay-Bush machine, grows weaker.
An interesting note about the seven "moderate" Republicans who were part of the deal. J Warner of Virginia, S Collins and O Snowe of Maine, M DeWine of Ohio are moderates. L Graham of South Carolina, however, is not. Neither has McCain been one, lately, although he did jump to the center for his 2000 run.