Once again we see a large shift in seats from one of the two major political parties to the other. Watching the coverage last night and listening to the reporters/commentators/pundits, one may think that the electorate has given the Republicans a mandate, just as those same people espouced a mandate having been given to the Democrats in 2006 & 2008. Every person elected yesterday will tell you that the people have spoken and put them into office because they didn't like the way the government was being run.
In 2006 & 2008, the Democrats swept to a the Presidency and control of the House & Senate with a promise to change the way business was done in Washington. Likewise, Bill Clinton gained the Presidency in 1992 due in large part to Ross Perot and his Reform Party's promise to change Washington and splitting the Right's voters between Perot and President George H. W. Bush. In 1994, the Republicans gained control of the House & Senate for the first time in a generation with the same promise.
This election cycle is basically no different than any other in my voting lifetime, 1978 to present. Either the Democrats or Republicans are taking control of the Presidency, House of Representatives, Senate, or some combination of the three. As a people, we have not spoken clearly of our want of real change in the way our government works. Unless and until we start electing candidates outside the Democratic and Republican Parties, we will get the status quo. Only by electing candidates from other parties will we be able to impress upon these politicians that we are serious about wanting real change in Washington DC.