The War On Terror, thankfully, won't be fought entirely in the Senate, by the Senate.
The Democrats will shoot themselves in the foot, regardless. The Clinton mess will be with us for longer than 4 more years, but, having Bush in the White House for 4 more years will help. But, we have a lot of catching up to do. Frankly, the first act of terrorism came under Carter's watch. It just took 9/11 to wake this country up to the realities of terrorism.
It's easier for the Republicans to keep the Democrats on defense, rather than giving them the ball every damn time and watching the Republicans continually play defense, because that's what the Republicans are doing, playing defense. The Republican's in the Senate may have a small majority, but they don't act like a party that wants a bigger majority.
All valid points.
As Ronald Reagan said when something went wrong - "It must be right - it was God's will."
I'm sure God's will is our shared desire for W to stay another four years.
On one point that really rings true, that it will take more than eight years to clean up Clinton's mess, is similar to how one can break a bone in a second and take years to fully recover.
I'm hitting the hay but appreciate your input.