Election nudged nation back to middle of road
Democrats had a lot of help from President Bush and Republicans as they took back control of the House of Representatives on Tuesday.
But they didn't win by default. They offered a clear change of direction for the country. Now, they have the opportunity to offer much more: They have a chance to show voters there is a better way to govern.
It's called bi-partisanship, old-fashioned middle of the road compromise.
The total snub from President Bush for the past six years won't be easy to forget. Neither will it be easy to ignore being shut out of the legislative process during that time. Having experienced total domination by the GOP, however, Democrats should offer a helping hand as this administration enters lame-duck status.
There is no mandate to take the nation to the left, and what the president thought was his "political capital" to take it to the far right doesn't exist.
The mandate is to get the nation to the middle of the road politically, to where moderates in both parties hold sway.
Congress has much work to do over the next two years. Compromise with the White House is the only way to change the things voters said they do not like.