Paul Krugman succinctly describes the shift the voters' rejection of Sen. McCain and the Bush wing of the party implies.
Last night wasn’t just a victory for tolerance; it wasn’t just a mandate for progressive change; it was also, I hope, the end of the monster years.
An administration that embraced torture, spied on its own people and misused the levers of power to maintain its control deserves such invective. As the next few years progress, and the people who have been reticent to pipe up out of fear of retribution begin to pass along their stories, the Bush administration's place in history will be thrown in sharp relief.
Such a sharp blend of incompetence and maliciousness will hopefully never again roam the halls of power.