Man, I can't believe I almost got tricked by all the spin -- that a difference of 77,000 votes and the Dem's wouldn't have won, that conservative Dems won, etc., but the more I read, the more I find out how untrue it is. In this week's, New Yorker's Talk of the Town column, they have this passage: "In 2000, the last time this year's 33 Senate seats were up for grabs, the popular-vote totals in those races, like the popular-vote totals for President were essentially a tie. Democrats got 48% of the vote, Republicans slightly more than 47%. This time, in those same 33 states, Democrats got 55% of the vote, Republicans not quite 43%. In raw numbers, the national Democratic plurality in the 2000 senatorial races was the same as Al Gore's: around half a million. This time, despite the inevitably smaller off-year turnout and the fact that there were Senate races in only 2/3rds of the states, it was more than 7 million." Now, think about it, Bush thought he had a mandate with a "win" of 500,000 votes. So, using that standard it's pretty clear that the American people are really calling for a return to Democratic values, and the nonsense from the righties is simply more of their spin and lies.