Look, last night went real bad, but there are a few bright spots we should keep in sight. 1.) The Republicans will keep at least 42 seats in the senate, that's enough to filibuster anything as long as the leadership can keep their people aboard. 2.) The Democrats aren't stupid, they know that Obama's election isn't a ringing endorsement of his socialist views, it's a protest against an unpopular president and a symptom of a general dissatisfaction amongst citizens. 3.) The 2 oldest members of the supreme court are liberals, at least we're unlikely to see conservatives replaced by liberals. 4.) There are far bigger issues for Obama and congress than taking our guns. Obama now has to set about redistributing wealth to all those people who voted for him, and he has to figure out how to lose in Iraq. 5.) Many in congress are there as a result of dissatisfaction with the Republican party, not necessarily Republican ideas. The election of many "conservative" blue-dog Democrats in 2006 is proof of this. These guys know the second they run to the left, they're out. 6.) The national mood is AGAINST gun control. We'll always have McCarthy and Schumer and California, but you'll notice that the leadership in congress rarely mentions gun control at all. They know it's poison for them. 7.) All those lemmings who went for Obama because he would bring hope and change are in for a real rude awakening. Obama isn't going to change anything for them. The realities of DC politics will set in real fast and we'll be right back to where we are now. In 4 years, those people will be just as apathetic (and hopefully stung by a sense of betrayal) as they were before Obama came along. 8.) With the White House and both houses of congress, it's all on the Democrats. It's always easier to be the opposition party and to sit back and watch the ruling party take the heat for everything. 9.) With all the "bigger" issues facing us right now, any major action on gun control, if it comes, is likely to be another 2+ years away. By that time, we'll have had 2 years of Democratic rule and another full House election cycle. Also, that puts us into the beginning of the 2012 campaign and the last thing Democrats want is to have gun control on peoples' minds. Last night was a setback for conservatives, but it's far from the end. With good leadership in the senate it'll be possible to block any far-left agenda. The trick now is to have the Republicans pull themselves back together and plan another 1994.