Dancing in the End Zone

By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, November 10, 2006; 8:02 AM

Well, you'll be hearing the names Harry Reid, Pat Leahy, Joe Biden, Ted Kennedy, Jay Rockefeller and Chuck Schumer more often now that a football coach's son has conceded he fumbled away the Virginia election, getting the Democrats to 51 seats.

After the election-night drama of the Dems taking back the House, they kind of oozed to victory in the Senate. Many political pros had discounted the idea because the Dems had to win eight of nine key races, an improbable feat they pulled off by losing only Tennessee. So the impact of a new panoply of committee chairman hasn't quite sunk in yet.

I focused yesterday on how conservative commentators and yakkers are coping with the crumbling of the GOP majority, which ranges from defiance to depression. Today the Mighty Media Notes Spotlight turns on the liberal pundits and whether they are being magnanimous in victory.

Answer: Not.

Twelve years after congressional Democrats were relegated to the minority offices, six years after they were evicted from the White House, the liberals are hootin', hollerin' and high-fivin' their way through the week.

"WE WON!!! WE WON!!! WE'RE TAKING BACK AMERICA!!! The Stephanie Miller Show was a full-on gloat zone this morning."

That's from the L.A. radio host's own blog , and she was so gleeful that she started playing the nah nah nah nah nah chant seconds after saying hello.

Unseemly? They don't care. And Stephie has plenty of company.

A New Republic piece is titled "How's that realignment working out for you, Karl?"

"' We saw it in 2002, and we saw it again this year. . . . It tells me we may be seeing part of a rolling realignment .' --Karl Rove, November 7, 2004

"Two years ago, Republicans managed to spin a 51 percent victory over a weak opponent into something very big--not quite a landslide, but a mandate, a 'rolling realignment,' perhaps even (as Newsweek breathlessly speculated) 'a political dominance that could last for decades.'

"By that standard, what would you call what the Democrats accomplished Tuesday? They won the aggregate House vote by a margin of some ten percentage points, nearly four times the margin Bush ran up against the hapless Kerry in 2004. Their gain of more than two dozen House seats may be modest by historical comparison, but that is only because demography and gerrymandering have compressed the field of contestable seats to a bare minimum . . .


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