I am intellectually a little bit too dead to concentrate on this or feel sufficiently happy (I read a MLK, Jr biography monday and wrote a 6 page paper on him in the last 48 hours). But this really is a stellar result:
- A clear majority in the House for the Democrats (over 30 seats) is certain
- A tie (meaning Cheney gives the Republicans the majority anyway) or even a one-seat majority is still possible in the Senate (depending on too close to call outcomes in Montana and Virginia)
- Nancy Pelosi most likely will become the first female Speaker of the House (slowly but surly preparing us for the female onslaught of Clinton, Royal and Merkel, get ready guys)
- Democrats are in possession of a majority of Governor positions as well now
- While Harold Ford did not become the first black Senator from the South since Reconstruction he did win 48% of the vote in Tennessee
- A ballot to ban abortion in South Dakota and thus prepare a legal challenge to Roe vs Wade has been soundly rejected
- With Keith Ellison a - converted - Muslim has been voted into the House
- Schwarzenegger was reelected, oh wait, they did? Damn Californians!
I only wish all of this would have come two years earlier, let's hope that the Democrats will now be able to proceed on a path more multilateral, more humanitarian, more social and more keen on environmental interests.