Chris Bowers on who really won
When the nation woke up today, it was told that the balance of the Senate rested in two key races: Montana and Virginia. At the same time, the nation was also told that various higher-ups in the Democratic Party were primarily responsible for the huge Democratic victories. What the nation was not told, however, is that the two Senate races that were about to put Democrats over the top were two of the most people-powered campaigns in the entire country. Both campaigns were driven heavily by small donors, blogs, and volunteer activism for nearly an entire year. Given this, it should be obvious who put Democrats over the top in the Senate: the netroots and the progressive movement. Without either, Democrats would not be about to take control of the Senate.
Even beyond the netroots, however, the people who really decided this election were the voters. The 2006 elections had the highest voter turnout for a mid-term election in the post-civil rights era. Further, while it is difficult for political professionals to admit this, in the end the vast, vast majority of Americans make up their mind on whether to vote, and how to vote, without any outside assistance...