In my recent column, Hillary: The next FDR, I suggested that Democrats are on the brink of winning a historic political realignment. This week a long list of Republicans appear determined to prove me right.

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Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGiuliani: White House wants briefing on classified meeting over Russia probe GOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Trump now says Korea summit could still happen June 12 MORE (Ky.) filibustered against his own debt-ceiling proposal after Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidMcConnell not yet ready to change rules for Trump nominees The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate Trump to press GOP on changing Senate rules MORE (D-Nev.) called his bluff. Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTo woo black voters in Georgia, Dems need to change their course of action Senate panel again looks to force Trump’s hand on cyber warfare strategy Senate panel advances 6B defense policy bill MORE (R-Ariz.), the most respected Republican on military issues, blasted freshman Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending Pro-Trump super PAC raises .5 million in 6 weeks Trump has exposed Democratic hypocrisy on prison reform MORE (R-Ky.) when Paul abused the rules to obstruct a major defense bill. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who probably realizes Republicans are consigned to long-term minority status in the Senate and is leaving, criticized Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJim Jordan as Speaker is change America needs to move forward Paul Ryan’s political purgatory Republicans fear retribution for joining immigration revolt MORE (Ohio) because BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJim Jordan as Speaker is change America needs to move forward Paul Ryan’s political purgatory Republicans fear retribution for joining immigration revolt MORE suggests increasing revenue.  And most Senate Republicans opposed a convention about disabilities supported by recent Republican presidents even while former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.), an American hero, visited the Senate floor to show his support.

There is a distemper in the Republican Party today. There are reasons that Democrats have won three of the last four national elections, in 2006, 2008 and 2012. There are reasons that every poll shows that if America crashes over the "fiscal cliff," the Republicans will reap most of the blame. Yet Republicans keep doing the things that have caused them to lose most recent national elections.

Was it Einstein who said that insanity is to keep making the same mistakes and expecting things to turn out differently?

So: Mitch McConnell tries to abuse the rules with a clever ploy and Harry Reid outsmarts him, as McConnell proves Reid's case against the filibuster by filibustering against himself.

And: Rand Paul abuses the rules to obstruct an important defense bill and is reprimanded by war hero John McCain.

And: Jim DeMint folds his tent in the Senate, as House Republicans head for the hills to go home, determined to be blamed for the fiscal crash their behavior could cause.

And then a long list of Republicans, having lost their war against women in recent elections, declare war against the disabled. They believe they know better than George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bob Dole and John McCain, who all support the convention that would help the disabled.

Perhaps DeMint can take his case for the wealthiest Americans to the Senate Banking Committee, where he can be publicly questioned by the new rising star in American politics, Sen.-elect Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenFortune 500 CEOs: The professional athletes of corporate America The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — The art of walking away from the deal Rising star Abrams advances in Georgia governor race MORE (D-Mass.).