The Right is far more organized and entrenched then most of us can imagine.
I don't believe for a moment that the GOP has triumphed in the hearts of the American people who are with them on all issues. That is their PR BS which is a part of a PR machine that kicks our ass on a daily basis. They are in power now, like always, on fear. They lose on all issues but fear and so in this post 9-11 world they are again in power. And although the rank and file idiots who worship them believe their BS, the real brains in their outfit know I'm right.
And it is because they know this, that they are so dangerous. They are focused like lasers on their overall agenda and are making the most of this opportunity to make systemic changes to our nation that could take a generation to undo.
Perhaps the biggest item on the agenda that they all agree upon is shifting all federal tax revenue away from non-wage income and placing all Federal government funding on wage earners. That is the biggest single goal of Bush's tax cuts and they are phasing these in over time so that their full effects and damage will not show up until after the idiot leaves office.
Enter Grover Norquist. Political junkies know who he is, but not many others. But Grover will affect all of our lives for years to come. Through his 'charity', Americans for Tax Reform (that's right. It's a 501(c)3 charity), he raises millions and gets pledges from politicians to never, ever vote for a tax increase. To date, President George W. Bush, 217 House members, and 42 Senators have taken the pledge. On the state level, 8 governors and 1212 state legislators have taken the pledge. And 'tax increase' is so broadly defined as to make it impossible for any pol who has signed the pledge to vote to undue any of the recent tax cuts.
And this is just one issue. We may very well win the WH next round, and pick up seats in both houses (even control of both) and we will be saddled with this mess for years. At least, that's the plan.