I've never been a swing voter before," mused David Brooks a few weeks after the election. He was far from the only dejected partisan who'd grown confused trying to process the GOP's thumping. On November 30, the conservative Hudson Institute held a panel wondering if it wasn't "time for conservatives to reexamine their own intellectual infrastructure in light of the progressive network's success."
The 110th Senate will be comprised of 49 republicans, 49 Democrats, and two Independents -- more specifically, two Jewish men in their mid-60s from New England states who will caucus with the Democrats but hold out the possibility of breaking with them. I speak of Connecticut's Joe Lieberman and Vermont's Bernie Sanders.