Courtesy of Bruce Reed in Slate:

In fact, the best news of the 2006 elections is the opportunity it gives Democrats to earn the lasting support of the independents and disgruntled Republicans whose votes just dropped in our laps. Tuesday was the death knell for Rovism—the quaint and now fully discredited theory that majorities are built not by expanding support with ideas that work but by mobilizing extreme minorities with ideas that aren’t meant to be enacted and wouldn’t work if they did.

Bravo. Republicans can attempt to argue that their successes over the past twelve years have been unifying and not dividing. They can say that until they’re blue in the face.

They will be wrong.

For the first time since I was twelve years old, an election outcome wasn’t affected by culturally divisive issues. Interest groups were held at bay and the voters, for once, seemed to be able to focus on the ‘big tent’ issues of the war in Iraq and corruption among elected officials. Both of those issues affect us all.

It’s nice to see a mandate for change.

Also, I’m not entirely sure what to think of us, because several capable elected officials lost their jobs last night, but the Dallas County Democratic Party put up 47 candidates for county-wide office yesterday. All 47 of them won. Chris Bell won Dallas County by 4+ points.

I think it’s safe to say that if Dallas County has been trending blue for the last two election cycles then this was the cycle where blue moved firmly into power.