They got more votes than we did; now they get to run the country until it’s time to vote again. And, as more than one person pointed out, they completely deserve to have to dig out of the mess they’ve gotten us into.
Think for a moment how bad it would have been had Kerry pulled it out in Ohio and been elected President on the short end of a three-million-popular-vote gap and with nasty Republican majorities (by which I mean both majorities of nasty size and majorities made up mostly of nasty people) in both Houses, and facing a menu of entirely rotten choices due to his predecessor’s short-sighted strategery.
The country, and its standing in the world, are going to take another terrible beating over the next four years. We should do what we can to minimize the damage, which except for preventing horrible judicial appointments won’t be much. (I don’t know the Senate rules; is it possible for a majority to prevent that body ever from technically going into “recess”?)
And we should prepare for 2006 and 2008. If we can keep from tearing ourselves apart, and hold some of the new institutions together, we should be in decent shape. Tradesports already has a betting contract on who wins the Presidency in 2008, and the last trade was 54 cents on the dollar on a Democratic victory.