The Dems do a victory lap

Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean on tonight's results.

Tim Grieve
November 8, 2006 11:41AM (UTC)

We'll have to wait until Wednesday to hear what George W. Bush thinks of tonight's election results, but we're getting a pretty good sense of Democratic reaction.

Some highlights, so far:

Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean: "We're finally beginning to become a national party again."


Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid: "All across America tonight, from the deserts around Searchlight, Nev., to the tenements of Brooklyn, N.Y., and everything in between, there is in the air a wind of change. Americans all over America tonight have said, 'We want a change.' All over America tonight, they've come to the conclusion, as we did some time ago, that a one-party town simply doesn't work. American has come to the conclusion, as we did months ago, that we must change direction in Iraq."

House Speaker-to-Be Nancy Pelosi: "Tonight is a great victory for the American people today. The American people voted for change. They voted for Democrats to take our country in a new direction, and that is exactly what we intend to do. The American people voted for a new direction to restore civility and bipartisanship in Washington, D.C., and Democrats promise to work together in a bipartisan way for all Americans. The American people voted to restore integrity and honesty in Washington, D.C. And the Democrats intend to lead the most honest ... and most ethical Congress in history."

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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