Well, last night the Republican Party pretty much buried the Democrats in the House of Representatives; and in the Governors mansions around the country.
Much cheering abounds, and I'm happy for everyone.
As a history buff, however, I have to look back upon the mid-term elections of 1994 and ruminate.
Then, as now, an angry and restive populace -- who were voting against the power-mad Democratic government, rather than for The Other Guys -- swept the Republican Party into power, ending a four-decade Democratic lock on Congress.
And -- again, as now -- the Republican Party solemnly swore that they would turn Congress back to the Constitution; that they would bring smaller, less intrusive government back to Washington; and -- above all -- "fiscal accountability".
It took less than two years for the Republican Party to become just as greedy, power-mad, and crooked as the Democrats they replaced.
And here we are, sixteen years later, the newly on-top Republicans are swearing upon the heads of their first-born that they worship the Constitution; smaller government ...
... same song, different verse.
One of the only bits of light I can see in the near future is the fact that the Internet is much more completely established now than it was in the early '90's -- and the Internet is the source of the power of the Tea Party.
Oh, not the Tea Party itself, per se, but those voters who -- whether they know it or not; whether they admit it or not -- those voters that believe in and follow the values of the Tea Party.
Those are the voters that are responsible for the Republicans getting to be the belle of the ball.
Will the GOP now dance with those what brung 'em?
Early thoughts on that subject are not encouraging. Old habits tend to get set in stone, and that ancient habit displayed by the older Republicans of "lip service to the voters while we do as we damned well please" is pretty much fossilized into place.
Will the Internet base of the Tea Party, and like-minded folks, have the stick-to-it-ness to hammer on the Republicans for the next six months? A year? Two years down the road will they still be holding the elephants trunk to the grindstone?
Will the newly-minted Republican congress-critters have the testicular fortitude required to butt heads with party leadership; and the moral fortitude to cross that same party leadership -- even if it means getting turfed to Coventry by their own party?
Will the Republican leadership actually listen to their constituents; heed the counsel of their newest members, and keep the promises made over these last several months?
I do hope so, but looking back on history ... I'll not be holding my breath.