The Democrats have taken control of the House. According to the IHT this could be a roadblock to the Bush administration's agenda.
While having control of the House is not unsignificant, IMO, it would be a mistake to assume that because the Democrats have control of the House, this is going to be as much of a "roadblock." For one, the President has Veto power. Secondly, this is an administration with a very strong Executive branch. And finally, there is still the Senate.
The Senate right now, is too close to call, although it *looks* like it might go to the Democrats. The race is coming down to Virginia with Democrat James Webb in a slight lead. George Allen has promised us we can all look forward to the joy of a recount.
As it happened in the 1994 mid term election (albeit to a much smaller extent) the "winning" party was helped by voters on the political fence and moderates.
The war in Iraq and corruption were the issues that voters felt were most important; and helped swing the victory in the favor of the Democrats.
Perhaps most interesting, according to the exit poll, Republicans have lost their edge on the fighting terrorism issue. Which the Republicans have traditionally been strong in.
Of course, the victory for the Democrats stems less from I think support for the policies of the Democrats, and more disagreement with the policies of the Bush administration; and the recent scandals which hit the Republicans.
Illinois politics usually tends to be pretty corrupt and depressing-especially Cook County Board Politics; although our gubernatorial politics is absolutely no stranger to corruption or shady dealings as well!
I am upset that Tammy Duckworth lost the House seat to Peter Roskam. I really thought Roskam had no chance of winning. I know he was the incumbent; which traditionally means smooth sailing, but I just find his politics way too far to the right for me. Not to mention, I was really put off by some of his campaign ads against Duckworth.