As of this writing, the Democrats have won control of the House and two undecided Senate races that are still hanging in the balance are likely to go to the Dems, as well. The people have spoken.
As I have said before, there wasn't any real choices. But, the people chose what they felt was the lesser of two evils. They opted for change and change is what they got.
My advice to the Dems is this:
Now it's time to govern. There is no one to blame anymore. You will be the ones blamed, if you do not do the jobs the people have sent you to do. You can blame the President all you want, you can blame the GOP all you want, and you likely will. But you are in the driver's seat in Congress, you are responsible for one third of the mistakes now. So continuously harping on how screwed up everything is, will not work. It's time to come up with solutions, not complaints.
We will be watching you closely. And if you fail to produce, the same voters that put you there, will take you back out. Screw it up too bad, and you will see just how badly you can lose what you have worked to gain.
To the GOP, I say this:
You failed. You did not do what the people sent you to do. You were the majority party in both houses and yet you failed to come up with solutions to the many problems, we face today. You allowed yourselves to become drunk with power. And you did not do the will of the people.
By becoming part of the corrupt establishment you campaigned against, you put yourself in this predicament. If I were you, I'd look long and hard at what got you put out, re-evaluate, and make all the necessary adjustments. Because the Dems are not likely to do much better than you.
After the honeymoon is over, the hard work will begin. I cannot say that I have much confidence in the way they will govern, if they pursue the typical Democratic agenda. You must be ready for 2008, whining and crying will not get the job done. Prior planning is necessary, if you to re-gain what you have lost.
And to both parties, I say this:
Compromise will be the key. There is no mandate here. The nation is just as split as it ever was. The pendulum has leaned slightly left, this time. That same pendulum can lean back, next time.