A few thoughts on yesterday's election:
1) Politically I'm pretty far left of center, and I'm pleased to see that the Democrats have gained power, but I'm under no delusion that they'll be able to do anything good with Iraq. Iraq is totally broken and it's going to get worse for a while before it gets better.
2) Everyone knew that the Democrats were going to gain seats in Congress. Polls differed on how many seats, but it was widely accepted that many Americans were fed up with the war (of course all those Republican scandals didn't hurt either, but the Democrats have had their fair share too). So, if you're George Bush, wouldn't you fire Rumsfeld BEFORE the election and not the day after? You can't win elections by taking action after people vote. Smooth move, George.
3) Someone quoted a study to me the other day stating that the best legislation is passed by administrations that have a President from one party and a congressional majority from the other. The premise here is that since things are "gridlocked", any proposed legislation will have to get amended and tuned to the point where it's acceptable to both parties, and that this makes for better laws. I'm not entirely sure that theory works, but it makes me hopeful.
4) The citizens of San Francisco have spoken. By a 60 to 40 margin, San Franciscans have stated their desire to have Bush and Cheney impeached. So, now... um.... uh.... Hmmmm. Maybe they didn't think that all the way through.
Overall, my reaction to yesterday's events is: