Reasons for hope: Bill Kristol thinks Republicans should just take Obama's offer on higher taxes on millionaires. This has led to a strange alternate reality where everyone in the liberal media is listening to Bill Kristol, while the right tries its best to ignore him.
Reasons for skepticism: The rejection of moderation by Cathy McMorris Rodgers. And (sigh) the anti-science whackjobs angling for chair of the House Science Committee. Not fantastic news for those of us who think fighting climate change is kind of a priority after New York City flooded and all.