I haven’t blogged the US midterms here because it’s all been happening over at Larvatus Prodeo. The Dems have gained the seats needed to dominate the House, and it’s going to come down to recounts and possibly lawsuits before know whether the Dems have gained enough seats to dominate the Senate as well [Update: no, the Dems managed to gain Virginia without going to court].
Even if the Dems only hold the power in the House and not the Senate, it means the end of the rubber-stamp Congress for the Bush White House. In some ways I feel a House victory but not a Senate victory, meaning a gridlocked Congress, may actually be good for rebuilding some bipartisan consensus in general, rather than having the Dems play avenger on the Bushie’s arses. It may also mean that the Dems generally have to try a bit harder for ’08, which considering their general lacklusterness is not a bad thing at all.
This swing to the Democrats also means that the new Speaker of the House will be Nancy Pelosi, the first woman Speaker ever and the highest elected office a woman in the USA has held thus far. Bitch PhD has the best summary of how she will influence public discourse.