I honestly don't see how the next Congress is anything other than a "do nothing" Congress: 1.) The Democratic Congressional majorities are not super-majorities. 2.) If the majority of "blue dog" Democrats really do side with Republicans on most to all of the issues that they end up voting upon, then the liberal Democrats won't get anything that they want passed. This will truly depend upon what these "blue dog" Democrats really decide to do when it's time to vote. 3.) It will now be the Republican minority's turn in the U.S. Senate to be able to filibuster anything that they want to filibuster. The Democratic minority in the U.S. Senate has often succeeded in killing off many things that the Republicans tried to pass in the U.S. Senate, and now the Republicans will have the ability of doing the same things to the Democrats! 4.) President Bush also has the ability and the power to veto any legislation that he doesn't accept, and I would be very surprised if President Bush doesn't start to veto legislation with the Democrats now in the Congressional majority. 5.) The "new media" keeps getting more and more clout as more people start to pay much more attention to the "new media". The "new media" is also getting better by expanding both its support and its capabilities. For example, "You Tube" and other video sharing sites make it harder for any politician to get away with saying or doing anything controversial without getting caught and then being shown to much of the general public. Every year, less people are subscribing to newspapers, and every year, less people are watching "mainstream media" television. All of these things combined make it much harder for the Democratic Congressional majority to be able to get what they want on any issue, and all of these things should work against the "political left" on most to all of the issues.
"This will truly depend upon what these "blue dog" Democrats really decide to do when it's time to vote."
Or their vote will depend on what the Democratic leaders have on the "blue dog" personal FBI files.
"I honestly don't see how the next Congress is anything other than a "do nothing" Congress:"...
...I agree. They did not win a mandate. No matter what the press tells us. This will be 2 years of a "do nothing because we can't" congress. 2008 election will be more important than '06. The 109th is trying to leave a somewhat conservative taste in everyone's mouth for 2008.
"...Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters. "We have alternatives, none of which are very good."
The party without a plan doesn't like what they've been left, but then they helped create the mess...