A few thoughts on congressional races:
Unlike Ken, I was against Elizabeth Dole before it was fashionable to be so. On the other hand, she's my ex-Senator, and familiarity breeds early contempt. I've viewed her as an opportunistic carpetbagger with no real connection to or interest in serving North Carolina from the day she announced her candidacy in 2001. Whereas Hillary Clinton, another carpetbagger, actually has striven to connect with New York and appears to serve her state well. So the prospect of Dole's defeat was sweet for me even before she ran her disgusting "Godless" ad against Kay Hagan.
That the ad was counterproductive by all accounts may finally teach the lesson to North Carolina Republicans that Jesse Helms-style attacks, based on "not one of us" discrimination and fear, don't work any longer.
That happiness is mitigated by the apparent survival of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, who as a convicted felon (on appeal) is legally ineligible to vote, and Pennsylvania Representative John Murtha, whose constituents apparently enjoy being insulted. But west Pennsylvania is a strange place. Most congressmen in Murtha's place would have been given the boot after Abscam.
Finally, it's nice to see that voters in the Sixteenth District of Florida are consistent about throwing out sexually abusive bums like Mark Foley and Tim Mahoney. Perhaps one day they'll learn not to elect such people in the first place.