I'd also like to recommend this essay, which has some things in common with what 433 said in his post but also covers issues 433 didn't.
Meanwhile, intellectualoids like Jane Smiley need to be ignored like the thimblewits they are, and that includes that gomer Garrison Keillor. He used to be funny back when he wasn't choking on his own bile, but that was a couple of elections ago. I can't stand to listen to him any more, and I really enjoyed his Lake Wobegon books back in the day...and once you understand why people like me consider him an object of mockery and not a humorist you'll be a little closer to understanding your political enemies.
Why am I suggesting these things? Because a swing district is more fun than a safe one. Because having good opposition makes for progress through hard work and creative thinking. Because I don't want to see the Reagan Revolution get weak and sclerotic because you people have devolved into a bunch of pouty, name-calling neo-Leninists. Dynamic tension is more than just a line from Rocky Horror, you know.
Most links shamelessly stolen from Professor Death except for the link to Jeremy's essay, gacked from michaellee.