Congratulations to the Republican Party, which won big last night. This election was very much a correction, not a realignment. Right now, it looks like the Republicans will end up with between 235-239 members in the House. This is a return to the number of Representatives (232) the Republicans had in the 109th Congress, 2004-2006. I still remain convinced that this movement rightward is the underlying long-term trend as the population moves south and west.
In other good news, attacking immigrants once again doesn't lead to victory.
Finally, the 2010 census will lead to redistricting before the next Congress and the Republicans have made extraordinary gains at the state level, giving them a chair at the table in most states. Unfortunately, this will lead to the two parties divvying up highly gerrymandered seats for short-term gain. Leaving aside the obvious democratic arguments against gerrymandering, I'm convinced that Republicans would benefit from districts drawn without regard to party strategy. (The Democrats seem to think so, too.)