Last night was a story of mixed successes. In addition to the house, senate, and gubernatorial electoral victories, South Dakota voted down their barbaric abortion ban and Missourri passed a bill supporting stem cell research. At the same time, however, a number of states have enacted bans on gay marriage. There's clearly a lot of fighting left to do.
I won't indulge in long-winded political analysis right now. Other more professional folks are already engaged in such an activity. If you want brusque updates try MSNBC. If you want in-depth, try NPR. And if you want the view from some bizarre parallel dimension, try Fox News which, ever gracious in defeat, chose to run this charming photo on their frontpage this morning. I particularly enjoyed the caption:
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., eats breakfast at a New York firehouse on a statewide thank-you tour.
Indeed, they found a photograph of her looking very thankful, assuming that "thankful" means "Oh, shit, my epilepsy is coming on!"
In any case, what I will say is this: Democrats have not so much won a victory as claimed the spoils of Bush's defeat. The electorate is pissed at Bush as well as the Republicans, and rightly so. In response they voted the Republicans out, but that doesn't mean that they were truly voting for the Democrats. Let's savor this victory because we have just trudged through a very harsh political desert but, in a few days, we need to get back to it. We have two years to show the country what Democrats can do, and to prove our worthiness to hold high office. We have two years to demonstrate that we are a party of both ideas and action, and that we can make the decisions that count.
We had a good night last night. Let's have an even better two years.
UPDATE: As of 12:52 PM EST, MSNBC is calling the Montana race for the Democrats and it seems highly likely that Virginia will go Democrat as well. Ladies and gentlemen: it looks like the Republicans have lost both houses of congress.