Elections come and go, but Russ Feingold's legacy will be his character and integrity. And I know I speak for so many others, particularly those of us who were so fortunate to serve on his staff, when I say to him, "Thank you for your service."
We'll have lots of time to examine Obama's new course before he actually formally announces it next year. In the meantime, Obama has two short months remaining to convince the Senate to get something done to bolster his legacy.
The Bank of North Dakota has garnered attention for its continued profitability. Momentum is building for a sane kind of banking system that works for the people and state instead of the bottom line of banks and shareholders.
The Democrats lost the House, and Nancy Pelosi the Speaker's gavel, because of the Senate's dysfunction. Many, if not most, I would wager, of the 400+ bills passed by the House had simple majorities in the Senate.
In the aftermath of Tuesday's election, the media has made it appear that all is lost -- the Tea Party is in control, because this narrative keeps us glued to our seats either with delight or fury. Now, the facts.
The worst thing we must now face is that the 2010 election is likely a preview of 2012, unless some dramatic new element is introduced into our national politics that changes the character of national debate.
Republicans and Tea Party braggarts are beaming that voters have spoken. But have they? The truth is, I don't think they've said much of anything. Rather, what they did Tuesday instead was grunt and groan.