I think it's pretty safe to say what happened at the polls on Tuesday was nothing short of a Democratic ass-kicking. Everybody knew that the House was going to fall into Democratic control, but NO ONE predicted that they would get a 33-seat swing over to their side. And now it looks like the Senate will be in Democratic control as well, as it looks like Jim Webb will win the Virginia Senate seat over Republican incumbent George Allen.
The pendulum has swung the other way, and the 1994 Congressional takeover by the Republicans has now officially be reversed to the Democrats.
To me, the American public has spoken about its dissatisfaction over the Iraq War. The economy is definitely in an upswing, as unemployment is at an incredible low (4.4%) and gas prices have been dropping. But the war that continues to drag on has cost the Republicans dearly. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld fell on the sword yesterday, resigning (it felt more like a firing to me) after six years in the Bush cabinet.
This basically makes George W. Bush a lame-duck president for his remaining two years. But one thing that will NOT happen, and that is Bush being impeached. (My apologies to all of my friends and readers who are liberal.) I see those signs all over New York (this being a big liberal city), but that just won't happen. (I even saw runners at the NYC Marathon on Sunday wearing "IMPEACH BUSH" t-shirts.) The Senate may now be in Democratic hands by 2, but you have to have a two-thirds majority in order to remove a president from office (67 yea votes). Even if all 51 Democrats voted for Bush's removal (and that's not a guarantee), they would have to get 16 Republican senators to vote along with them. Bush has not lost control of the Republican party for something like that to happen. Bush has his supporters, and the numbers just aren't there. Barring some unforseen circumstance, Bush will serve out the last two years of his term.
And besides, those who are so desperate for Bush to be tossed out have to ask themselves a really serious question.
"Do we really want Dick Cheney to become president?"