I'm not particularly sad about the GOP's loss of the House and Senate, but, naturally, I'm not happy about it, either. (My own vote mattered very little; both the relevant elections I was able to vote for featured sure-to-win incumbents: Sen. Bill Nelson (D) and Rep. John Mica (R).) I came across a comment on the Sojourners blog that expresses feelings very similar to my own about the results of the election, and I thought it worth sharing (bold mine):
My hope and prayer is that the Democrats do not interpret the election as a mandate for their philosophies and policies. I say that as one who worked for Democratic candidates, and frankly, I'm not even sure what their philosophies and policies really are. My view is that the Democrats didn't win the election, the Republicans LOST it, and the Dems need to not fall into the same trap that the GOP just fell into. Instead of taking the Bush approach of being "The Decider" on all issues, our leaders should be "The Listeners" for a change. Then they can truly know who they are leading and to what purpose. All the Dems really got was an opportunity to prove they can lead better than the GOP, but they need to understand the opportunity has a two-year expiration date on it. (David K. Southern, God's Politics blog comments)
Honestly, I'm feeling oddly hopeful about the Democrats' takeover. I don't know how to describe it. I'm worried about some things--like seeing pro-life judicial nominees get unfairly blocked--but...I don't know. I think overall a change could be good for the country. Maybe just having power shared between the two parties will help us to get on track. Or maybe it will keep us from getting anything important done. Who knows? For the time being, I'm content to be optimistic.
Oh, I have more to say, but I'll save it. I've been thinking a lot about, in particular, the tenuous relationship between religion and politics. I'm exhausted of thinking about it right now, though, and I can see my flist is, too. So some night, in the next few weeks or months, when everyone's brain is fried by something other than politics--say the latest on Fandom Wank--maybe I'll post my thoughts on this (and as a person who is both actively religious and highly motivated to pay attention to politics, I think I have something worth saying about it). At that time, perhaps it will seem refreshing rather than exhausting.