OK, so if Tuesday is not just bad, but horrendous for the Dems, they lose 80 seats in the House or come close to or actually lose the Senate...what then?
Four things will prevent the Republicans from doing all the crazy things the Tea Party wants them to do.
One, Americans still really hate the Republicans. Voters wanted gridlock? Fine, you got it. Now work it out.
Two, Republicans will always overreach. 50% + one vote is a permanent mandate for these guys. They will make the same mistakes they did in 1995 and give Obama a second term.
Three, the corporate masters of the GOP will do everything they can to dispose of the populist Tea Party movement. Tea Party supporters voted for the Tea Party, not the GOP. When they get thrown out of the big tent as a result, you're going to see some real fireworks in 2012.
Four, they can't beat Barack Obama's veto without help, and all the centrist Democrats will be gone.
The question is how much pressure will be brought to bear on Obama to do everything the Republicans want? It will be impressive. How long can he hold out? We're going to find out, most likely.
Of course, we can still prevent that worst case scenario.