As has been said already, now the hard work begins. Yes, we got some of our candidates elected on Tuesday. But some of our candidates got defeated.
If we had to choose only one House of Congress to control, it should be the House of Representatives. That is where all spending and appropriations bills are started. It would have been nice to gain control of the Senate also, but such was not in the cards which were dealt to us.
I find it interesting to read comments on the web by people saying that with Republicans in control of the House they "had better do something or else they are out next time". This is totally unrealistic. The only thing we have accomplished in this election is to erect a roadblock to the President's agenda. Nothing can get accomplished with the Congressional make-up we now have. The House will propose conservative legislation and the Senate will butcher it. Even if, by some miracle, it arrives in an acceptable form on the President's desk he will pull out the Veto Pen. It requires a 2/3 majority of BOTH Houses of Congress to override a Presidential Veto and we don't even have a 2/3 majority in the House of Representatives!
We must keep in touch with our newly elected Representatives and commend them for good work so they do not become discouraged and disenfranchised. They will not be able to accomplish much because of the Senate and the Presidential Veto. We must constantly be in contact with those who have been riding the President's coat tails so they will know that we are still watching and ever vigilant. On every issue which is sent to a committee we must contact each of our duly elected to let them know our opinions. Write, email, and/or telephone at least once each week! Let the good guys and gals know they are appreciated and let the bad ones know we are watching!