The reds get redder, the blues get bluer.

Here’s an interesting article on how the defeat of Senator Tom Daschle might actually hurt the Republican Party in the long run.

Meanwhile, as the Democratic center of gravity becomes bluer, the Republicans’ grows redder. That may hurt Republicans more than Democrats. Their convention this summer highlighted a trio of moderate Republican stars: Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Democrats had nothing to match them. McCain’s Arizona is a red state, but all three are crossover hits — Republicans who play well in Democratic territory. If Republicans like that could lead the party in 2008 and after, it might capture and hold a national majority for decades. Ironically, the very success of conservatives like John Thune in places like South Dakota makes that majority harder to grasp.