Somehow it just seems appropriate today...
UPDATE: Interesting thoughts for the lesson learned file, though they probably fall into the "don't trust initial reports" category to some extent:
El Jefe Maximo
National Review Online
Much discussion about "a move to the center" by both parties to position for the 2008 presidential race.
UPDATE2: Pajamas Media round up.
Captain Ed has an interesting interview, the bottom line of which may be "hubris" is behind the problems faced by the Republicans.
UPDATE3: My favorite "alternative theory" from The Colossus:
Of course, an alternate explanation for yesterday's events is that we are so insanely confident in our abilities in the War on Terror that we're even willing to put Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid in charge of the Congress.Heh.
Kind of like playing the second string in a college football blowout.
A great day for American democracy? I don't think so. But go ahead and be cheerful, philosophical, humble, chastened, optimistic, gracious in your losing, and even (some of you) just a little smug. Fine. Just don't start whining in a few weeks or months when it turns out that Pelosi is Pelosi, Reid is Reid, Rangel is Rangel, Conyers is Conyers, Durbin is Durbin, Kennedy is Kennedy, and Robert Byrd is still venting his cobweb-filled head on the floor of the Congress. You won't find any sympathy here.
One more thing. The impeachment clock is ticking. Don't you dare doubt it, whatever they're saying today. Like the fable tells us, scorpions cannot change their fundamental nature. The American frog elected to give them a ride across the river. You all know what happens next.