The political pendulum in American politics swung away from the right yesterday, putting an end to the 12-year Republican Revolution on Capitol Hill and delivering a sharp rebuke of President Bush and the Iraq war.
The GOP reign in the House that began with Newt Gingrich in a burst of vision and confrontation in 1994 came crashing down amid voter disaffection with congressional corruption. The collapse of one-party rule in Washington will transform Bush's final two years in office and challenge Democrats to make the leap from angry opposition to partners in power.
After a stifling six years or so, what a breath of fresh air. When was the last time we could say that our country is in good hands? Sure, Bush has two more years, but the handcuffs are getting tighter. More importantly, voters are recognizing what a rotten carcass Republicanism is. The neoconservative vision is dead. As the Post piece says, we are shifting to the left.
Meanwhile, sleepless and numb Republicans console themselves with cute animals.