Today in New York’s 23rd district, either a Democrat will be elected to Congress for the first time since Reconstruction, or Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin will officially take over the Republican party.

HOFFMAN: I have good mentors here.

GLENN: Wait, wait. Wait, wait. Are they mentors that will show…

HOFFMAN: I’m talking about you, Glenn.

GLENN: Oh, okay. I was going to say all right, as long as they are standing out from the shadows. [...]

HOFFMAN: No. Yeah, well, I’m going to keep in touch with people like you so I don’t get infected with that disease.

Yep, having those two political geniuses as the GOP’s new kingmakers will be the greatest boon to the Democratic Party since the New Deal.

Don’t believe me? Just look at the rabid species of wingnut Beck and the teabagging movement has unleashed in this race.

“I was at a Tea Party, but this is too slow a process for me,” said John Dewitt, a contractor from Adams, N.Y. “I’m more on the violence side. I’m more of the Civil War, revolutionary kind of guy.

Good luck building a national party with the militia set as your shock troops, GOP.

And the process has begun.