NM So how are all the "Czech Republicans" handling the advent of the new "Democratic Congress"? Of course, there was a Democratic Congress from most of the time period from World War II through 1994, when Newt Gingrich and the Contract with America appeared on the scene. And, by and large, the majority of presidents during that time, with the exception of Carter for four years and Clinton for eight, have been Republicans. So back to divided government, vetos and "gridlock" as we know and love it. Any reaction to the Rumsfield departure? Does anyone in Europe believe Iraq can ever become a democracy (let alone a "true" democracy" when the Shiites are persecuting the formerly majority Sunni and disenfranchising them from any role in the new government? Was the war in Iraq a big issue in Michigan, corruption/scandal, the economy/jobs, immigration???