I made an argument recently about how Republicans don't have much of an identity or ideology other than a bizarre, obsessive hatred of liberals programmed into their thinking by decades of incessant drum-beating and innuendo. Democrats will often talk at length about healthcare, the environment, and even foreign policy without turning their thoughts to "the right," but no matter what the subject is, conservatives just won't STFU about "the left" and "liberals." It's always about liberals, and at times it's pretty creepy.
Take for instance, this article by one of Gingrich's old goons about what happened with the Democratic cave-in on Iraq. How many times does he mention "the left" in this short, 1 page article?
I count 3 times in one page, not counting gratuitous, sneering references to "Moveon.org," the "Nancy Pelosi-led congress," and a not-so-subtle-but-not-coming-out-and-saying-it throwaway line insinuating that the media has a pro-Clinton liberal bias.
By the way, asshole: the Democrats gained 31 seats, bringing them a larger House majority than any the Republicans ever attained under Newt Gingrich or Dennis Hastert. So put that in your pipe and smoke it.