Wednesday, November 08, 2006

I guess no more promises of a car

in every driveway and a deer head in every mailbox.

From the AP:

WASHINGTON - Democrats wrested control of the Senate from Republicans Wednesday with an upset victory in Virginia, giving the party complete domination of Capitol Hill for the first time since 1994.

Jim Webb's squeaker win over incumbent Sen. George Allen (news, bio, voting record) gave Democrats their 51st seat in the Senate, an astonishing turnabout at the hands of voters unhappy with Republican scandal and unabated violence in Iraq. Allen was the sixth Republican incumbent senator defeated in Tuesday's elections.

The Senate had teetered at 50 Democrats, 49 Republicans for most of Wednesday, with Virginia hanging in the balance. Webb's victory ended Republican hopes of eking out a 50-50 split, with Vice President Dick Cheney wielding tie-breaking authority.

It would've been nice if Harold Ford had won in Tennessee, thus assuring a 52-48 balance and pretty much making Joe Lieberman irrelevant, but that was not to be. As it stands, the party breakdown is:

Democrats - 49
Republicans - 49
Independents - 2

And for the real nitpickers in the crowd:

Democrats - 49
Republicans - 49
Independents - 1
Megalomaniacal, Whiny Gasbags Who Completely Disregarded the Will of Their Constituency - 1

It'll be interesting to see how Joe Lieberwhore positions himself in this new dynamic.