surveying the headlines from afar, i have learned that the republicans now control the senate, in that they have 41 seats to the democrats' 59. [adding: e.g.]
i also learned that the democrats are effectively out of power, in that they only hold the most seats in both houses of congress and the presidency.
saddest of all is that it's not just the media that learned these lessons. the democratic leadership seems to think so as well.