The Democratic Party rode what television pundits are calling a "tsunami" of voter discontent with the war in Iraq and political corruption to take control of the US House and - possibly - the US Senate (at this writing Democrats in the Senate races in Virginia and Montana hold leads, but some precincts remain to be counted).
President Bush is expected to hold a news conference at 1:00 pm today to discuss the election and what it means to his administration. I expect that he will say the expected: congratulations to the victors, and a call for bipartisanship. He has already called presumptive new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to offer congratulations.
The real question, however, is whether the President really understands why voters turned out the GOP.
I watched former GOP Speaker Tom DeLay on television this morning, and he clearly is in denial about the reasons why his party lost. DeLay believes that Republican fiscal irresponsibility and - get this - a Republican failure to rein in "judicial activism" were the chief factors that led the Democrats to feast last night.
Mr. President: Americans sent you a loud and clear message about Iraq and corruption. Listening to the siren song of partisan voices such as Tom DeLay is not a smart political move, and you do so at the peril of your party and your legacy.