Some right-wingers are no doubt consoling themselves that, with Democrats taking both Houses of Congress, they'll never have to hear about computerized voting machines losing your vote ever again. Well, surprise, pimps! Common Cause still provides a letter-to-your-Senator tool, with which you may express your desire for voter-verified paper records and random audits of electronic machines. Apparently the paperless voting machines in FL-13 (that's right, Katherine Harris's old district) lost over 18,000 votes in an election decided by fewer than 400 votes. That district also voted overwhelmingly for, you guessed it, voter-verified paper trails. But since voting is a right every American citizen theoretically enjoys, we ought to make paper trails legal at the federal level. Something tells me a few of these newbies will be quite receptive to the idea.
I hope soon to discourse at some length about the following topics: a) the Democrats who are coming in to the House and Senate ain't "conservative" or "centrist" just because the media says so; b) right-wing smarty-pantses who compare the 28-seat gain in the House to sixth-year second-term midterm elections from before the era of Extreme Gerrymandering are must cherry-picking the evidence; c) Rahm Emanuel ain't no kingmaker; and d) bipartisanship schmipartisanship. Maybe Sunday. Maybe not, because Bob Dylan is coming to town. But maybe so.