Okay, So NOW What?
Democrats have won control of Congress; so what do they propose to do with it? Your Liberal Media is hard at work pushing the "triumph of the moderates" and "conservative vs. liberal Democrats" memes, despite a rather distinct lack of evidence for either. Meanwhile. in the vast untamed wilds of the blogosphere, some argue that the time for tea parties is over, by which I take it they mean impeachment followed immediately by tar and feathering, while others suggest an aggressive agenda, but with fewer molotov cocktails. The Carpetbagger recently chewed over the notion that Congressional Democrats could learn alot from how the GOP ran the show, and I agree, with the caveat that the lessons are both positive and negative. My two cents worth is that, if the Democrats are serious about laying the groundwork for 2008, they should take a page from Harry Truman, only in reverse. Pass legislation that is both badly needed and politically popular (the list is pretty extensive and should definately include election and redistricting reform) and (bearing in mind that Dems do NOT have anything like a veto-proof majority) dare the President to veto it. Given the Bush Administration's attitude towards bipartisanship in the past, I would leave it to the White House to extend an olive branch, but take it if sincerely offered. Investigate by all means, this Administration REEKS, but be mindful of the inevitable and defeaning MSM and GOP spin that this is all "politically motivated," and "revenge" and so forth. Don't let disdain for this President outweigh common political sense. Remember Clinton. And above all, be prepared to push back HARD if the White House decides to pick a fight; remember, they will be laying tracks for 2008, too. It'll all be about the "legacy" for Dubya for here on out.