I sat watching the returns roll in on Tuesday with great anticipation. After all, it wasn't the first time in the past several years that I felt we would take back the House.
But this time, several factors made me worry about the possibility of victory. One was the media hype. For weeks they'd been saying that the Democratic Party would win, that republicans were on the run, dispirited, disorganized. But they hyped it so much and so often that I imagined a horde of crazed gop'ers running to the polls just to show the media how wrong they were. Two, the nefarious voting machines. I mean, after you have the head of Diebold stating categorically that he'd do whatever it took to deliver a Bush victory (and apparently did so), how could we not worry about key congressional races being similarly stolen.
But, my fears were unfounded. And we even took the Senate!
Now, though the Democrats have several promises to deliver on -- and I have no doubt that they will, they also have the task of setting some past wrongs to right. And so subpoenas will fly out of the House, panels will be set up, investigations will be held, and maybe, just maybe, the American people will get a few answers to the many questions that have arisen in the past six years.
But right now it's time to sit back and bask in the glow of victory.