If you look at the numbers, the shift was pretty small. Maybe 5 or
so House seats, and two or three Senate seats. The Democrats had a
net gain of one in Governors. What made it news was that the margin
in the Senate was so small that this small shift changed the
majority, and that this election went against the long-standing
tradition that the party in the White House looses Congressional
seats in off-year elections.
I think you, and perhaps many others, may be overestimating the
impact of last night. From a pure numbers standpoint, the Senate
only changed a small amount. The Democrats lost 2 seats, and the
Republicans gained 2. That's not that much. Rarely does a vote
split straight along party lines. You almost always see cross-overs,
and that's not going to change now.
Assuming Johnson(D) holds onto his Senate seat for SD, which I think
he will when all the recounting is over with, the worst the Democrats
will see is a 52/47/1 split, and even that's assuming that Terrell(R)
wins Louisiana in the upcoming runoff. If Landrieu(D) wins LA, then
you have a 51/48/1 split. Either way, it'll be narrow difference.
I just don't see that the numbers have changed enough to bring about
the massive changes you're alluding to. Its not like the Republicans
hold a 2/3 majority in both houses. Far from it, in fact. You will
see some things brought about by the changes in committee
chairmanships and changes in the legislative adgenda, which the
majority party sets. Hopefully we'll finally get a Homeland Security
Bill, and maybe some of the judicial nominations that Dachle has been
blocking can finally be completed.
And besides, just because I'm a Republican doesn't mean that I want
to commit wholesale rape upon Planet Earth! I like clean air, clean
water, a diverse and bountiful flora and fauna, etc etc, just as much
as you or anybody else! I think you'll find that's the case with
Republicans most of the time.